The major storm damage from a tornado that touched down in Newnan late Friday night has left many without power and substantial damage to their homes. There's need is for batteries, basic living necessities, can goods, clothing and toiletries etc.
Here are some places you can donate you can help:
Starting Monday at 1 p.m., school buses will circulate the following locations at the top of every hour until 3 p.m. to transport citizens in need of resources to the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Moving forward, the shuttle will run daily from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. until further notice. If you cannot get to one of these locations and need assistance, please call 678-340-0790.
*Ruth Hill Elementary – 57 Sunset Ln, Newnan*
*Central Education Center – 160 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Newnan*
*Newnan High School – on Armory Road, Newnan*
*Newnan Chapel United Methodist – 72 Robinson St, Newnan*
*Heatherwood Baptist Church – 721 Shenandoah Blvd, Newnan*
Services at the Fairgrounds include non-perishable food, basic supplies, showers, laundry and counseling. ****
Free crisis counseling and supportfor tornado victims will be hosted at Central Baptist Church, Monday through Friday from 4 - 7 p.m. Dinner will also be available.Central Baptist Church is located at 14 W Broad Street in downtown Newnan.
Foundation Newnan,in partnership withElevate, Backpack Buddies, and Bridging the Gap, is accepting donations throughout the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 30 Greenville St. If you’re interested in donating items, follow Foundation Newnan on Facebook and Instagram for an updated list of most needed donation items. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, text the word “volunteer” to 678- 661-6330.
Top 5 Most Needed Donation Items:
Full size shampoo/ conditioner Trash bags
Bottled Gatorade/ juice
Food (any kind of non-perishable, open and eat food) ****
Crossroads Food Pantrylocated at 2564 GA-154, offers fresh and non-perishable food as well as toiletries. Please call Crossroads Church at 770-254-0291 for an appointment. Delivery is also available. ReNew Thrift Store will provide clothes for families affected by the tornado. Please call the church or email@example.com(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Church of Christ Disaster Reliefis offering clothing, food boxes, water, cleaning supplies, wheel barrows, shovels, rakes, baby supplies at 390 Jackson Street (old EMC at Bypass and Hwy 29). Public can access beginning 10:00 am Monday morning.
Call Chris Parker for more information at (770) 331-4495 ****
CITIZENS IN NEED
If you are in need of resources, please come to the Coweta County Fairgrounds starting Monday, March 29 from 1-4 p.m. If you cannot make it to the facility to pick up donations, please call 678-340-0790 and we will coordinate transportation.
The Fairgrounds will be open all week from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to accept donations. We are in need of flashlights, AAA batteries, work gloves, paper towels, Lysol wipes, electrolyte drinks, packing tape, baby wipes, Styrofoam coolers and trash bags. We have A LOT of water so we do not need more.
Are you interested in volunteering? Please call 910-632-3309 for more information.
As a reminder, all Coweta County Offices, including the courts, will be closed on Monday, March 29 HOWEVER the libraries will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Samaritan's Purse has set up a hub at First Baptist Church in downtown Newnan. Newnan homeowner's hotline: (470) 241-9679. Newnan volunteer hotline: (470) 347-7586.
Southside Church has partnered with the local organizations to be a center to accept donations.
Please stop by Monday, March 29, to Wednesday, March 31, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMto drop off donations.
They will be accepting the following donations.
Water, Non-perishable Foods Individually wrapped snack Diapers of all sizes Toiletries, Paper Towels, Garbage Bags
* Please do not donate clothing items at this time. ***
M's Perfection Outreach will be assisting individuals/families that were affected by the tornado, offering families with temporary hotel assistance, clothing for adults & children, toiletries, Uber/Lyft fees, free counseling service, food, PPE equipment, and any other needed assistance within reasonable means. Contact Monica Barnes at 678.755.2443 or email:email@example.com(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Verizon will have free charging stations available to the community at Newnan High School, located at 190 Lagrange Street.
WHO: Verizon Response Team
WHAT: Charging Stations for the public
WHEN:10 am to 4 pm
WHERE: Newnan High School,190 Lagrange Street, Newnan, GA 30263
The VRT (https://www.verizon.com/about/news/when-crises-come-verizon-response-team-always-ready) provides on-demand, emergency assistance during crisis situations to government agencies, emergency responders, nonprofits and communities on a 24/7/365 basis. VRT members set up portable cell sites, WiFi hotspots, free charging stations and other devices and solutions that enable communications and/or boost network performance.
Chiropractor offering free care to first responders
Chiropractor Dr. Kelly Barnette is helping her community recover from the devastating tornado by offering free chiropractic care to all first responders.
All first responders: firefighters, police officers, and EMT’s are welcome to call Dr. Kelly’s office at 678- 552-9140 to schedule one of these free visits. Her office is located at 29 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd, Suite A1 in Newnan.
Toiletries, cleaning supplies, and plastic totes can be dropped off at the Coweta County Fairgrounds at 275 Pine Rd. in Newnan between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For those wanting to volunteer, the county is asking them to wait for now. The county is urging the general public to stay off of roads, particularly in impacted areas, to keep them clear for state crews and mutual aid partners who are working to clear them and restore power.
However, the volunteer stage will happen, the county says, and they will announce how volunteers can help at that time.
The Coweta Community Foundation is taking financial donations online that it says will be distributed for disaster relief to Coweta agencies. Donations can be made online at CowetaFundation.org/donate. Donations are also accepted by phone at 678-340-0790.
The Newnan Police Department reports that its donation collection centers are currently full and they are asking the public to hold onto donations until later in the week when supplies run low.
Summit Family YMCA of Newnan
As of Saturday afternoon, the location at 1765 Highway 34 East, Newnan, GA 30265 has met its storage capacity and is now redirecting donations to the city of Newnan's collection sites.
The city is now requesting all donations be dropped off at the Coweta County Fairgrounds where they will be accepting them on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Accepted items include toiletries, blankets, garbage bags, plastic bins, packaged snacks, and bottled water.
While they aren't accepting donations, the YMCA did announce previously that the shower there will also be open to families in need from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. You can contact the group's Community Outreach at 770-254-5920 with any questions.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is no longer using Evans Middle School as a makeshift shelter. However, a spokesperson for the Red Cross said that they have now opened up four hotels in Newnan to help those displaced after their homes were damaged in the storms. You can make a donation to the local branch of the American Red Cross or the national disaster relief fund by visiting their website.
The Salvation Army says it's delivering supplies such as water, hygiene kits, and tarps to the hardest-hit areas and serving meals to first responders and other workers aiding relief efforts. The group also has volunteers on standby and ready to help and feed those in need if and when requested.
Coweta County came out in full force Friday afternoon to support victims of the tornado, and by Friday afternoon, The Newnan Police Department posted on its Facebook page Friday afternoon that due to overwhelming support, the department did not need any more donations for its personnel.
Donations for the community will be accepted Saturday at the Newnan Centre.
O’Charley’s will be serving free meals to the community at Newnan High on Friday until they run out of food.
Those who need assistance following damage to their homes should first call The American Red Cross at 800-733-2767 to register.
Red Cross staff were on hand Friday at the Hampton Inn putting people in hotel rooms. The Red Cross can provide two nights of hotel stays once people are registered. Red Cross volunteer Pam Gabel said that they are contacting other hotels because the Hampton Inn was filling up. The Salvation Army was
coordinating food on Friday, Gabel said.
Odyssey Charter School is opening its facility to those in need. In addition, the campus also will be available for car camping. School officials say anyone sleeping in their vehicle is welcome all weekend. The school will provide access to water and restrooms.
Early Friday morning, administrators from Newnan High School, Evans Middle School and East Coweta Middle School manned a donation site at Evans.
“The love from the community has really been strong,” said Coweta Assistant School Superintendent Karen Barker. By mid-afternoon Friday, the Evans site was closing, with items being delivered to Backpack Buddies for distribution to storm victims.
People were dropping off donations of food and school system volunteers fed local local first responders, said Evans Assistant Principal Gamal Kemp.
The Senoia Police Department is also accepting donations to be taken to the Newnan Police Department. The Senoia PD is accepting water, non-perishable foods, toiletries and blankets – also no clothing at this time.
The Senoia PD administrative office will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, and officers will be available 24 hours to drop items off this weekend, according to a post on their Facebook page. The post stated to contact the non-emergency number at 770-254-3911 and an officer can meet you to drop off your items.
Gov. Brian Kemp signed a state of emergency for tornado and severe storm damage at 2:33 a.m. Friday.
Coweta Pregnancy Services announced through its Facebook page they would be handing out diapers, wipes and formula to those affected by the storm Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Coweta Pregnancy Services is located at 29 Brown Street.
The Summit Family YMCA is collecting toiletries, blankets, garbage bags, plastic bins, packaged snacks and bottled water at its location, 1756 Highway 34 East, Newnan.
The YMCA is also opening up its showers to those without electricity Friday from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Any questions can be directed to community outreach at 770-254-5920.
Donations of bottled water and general toiletries are needed and can be dropped off at the Newnan Centre on Friday until 5 p.m. or between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage to those impacted by the storm. For information or to arrange storage, contact one of the following locations:
U-Haul Moving & Storage of McDonough
2055 Avalon Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253
U-Haul Moving & Storage at South Lake1549 Mount Zion Road
Morrow, GA 30260
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Newnan3003 E. Hwy. 34
Newnan, GA 30265
U-Haul Moving & Storage at Crosstown375 Hwy. 74 S.
Peachtree City, GA 30269
U-Haul Mobility & Storage at Eagles Landing
471 Eagles Landing Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281 678-379-5018
- Click here to donate to Foundation Newnan. Every single penny given at this link is going to tornado relief in Newnan.
Georgia Red Cross
- Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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