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Thursday May 5th, 2016 12:51AM

Red Cross partners with Ga. communities to provide storm relief

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - Red Cross chapters across the state have been working closely this week with communities affected by the winter storm to get relief to those people who need it.

Food and water, along with 500 cots, 850 blankets, pillows and personal hygiene kits are among the supplies the Red Cross made available to county governments, churches, homeless shelters, and others for pre-planned and spontaneous warming centers.

Coordination began on Monday and staff and volunteers remain on alert for new and developing needs in communities statewide.

In hard-hit metro Atlanta, the Red Cross opened its warehouse to the Georgia National Guard early and provided an additional 1,250 blankets, water and snacks for distribution to motorists stranded by ice and gridlock.

Despite the severe weather conditions, the Red Cross continues to respond to home and apartment fires statewide and has provided food, shelter and other necessities for dozens of people since the storm began.
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