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Channel 2 joins Convoy of Care to raise funds for tornado-ravaged south Georgia

ATLANTA — The recovery efforts after last month's deadly tornadoes that ripped through south Georgia, got a boost Monday from two places.

FEMA announced it is granting assistance to Thomas and Worth counties, along with six others.

Metro Atlanta law enforcement leaders are also stepping up with a special convoy to show how much people in Georgia care.

“The Georgia State Patrol deployed men and women from throughout the state to the affected area, so this gives us one more opportunity to provide supplies as we escort them for this endeavor along with volunteers,” Capt. Nikki Renfroe, with GSP, said.

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Channel 2 is partnering with state-wide law enforcement teams including sheriffs, chiefs of police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives to form a Convoy of Care to help collect new clothes, car seats and household supplies for those affected by the January tornados.

“A lot of people don't realize the devastation there was.  $100 million worth of damage,” Channel 2’s Jocelyn Dorsey said.

“We ask that you rise up and help these folks, our family and friends, in the state of Georgia,” NOBLE vice president Clarence Cox told Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer.

In August, Channel 2 Action News viewers helped law enforcement departments carry supplies to hard hit Louisiana after floods.

“The thing that stands out to me most, is when you call down to people that you know there and they ask for money for funerals,” said Braxton Cotton, with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Now, organizers are asking the Channel 2 Action News community to donate money online through Caring For Others.

The Convoy of Care will take a load of supplies to south Georgia on Sunday, Feb. 12.  Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Albany will be accepting the donations and distributing supplies on site.

Volunteers from Caring for Others and the law firm Stewart, Seay and Felton will load up the tractor-trailer donated by Holland, Inc.

Georgia emergency management officials will work with faith-based and community groups to distribute the donations.

“The recovery portion is just picking up, so we want to make sure we have the funds to be able to pump back into the community,” Janay Stargell, of Georgia Emergency Management, told Stouffer.

If you would like to donate, you can do so by visiting the Caring For Others website.

Checks may be mailed to Caring for Others, Inc., 3537 Browns Mill Road, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30354.  Please indicate that you are donating to South Georgia Tornado Relief.