by: Rikki Klaus
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Video of devastation from deadly tornadoes in south Georgia prompted a local family to help their hometown.
“It’s just hard to see. It’s affected so many people,” Allison McGriff said. “I’m from South Georgia, and it just broke my heart to see the devastation.”
McGriff, who is originally from Adel, reached out on social media to gather donations and says she’s been overwhelmed by the response.
McGriff posted on NextDoor.com in East Atlanta Village on Monday. She says next thing she knew, she had items on her doorstep.
“It started from there, and it’s just gotten bigger and bigger,” she said.
Now she had enough stuff across two counties to fill two trailers.
The response was so huge, McGriff enlisted the help of her parents and expanded the collection to their family business in Fayetteville, Tifton Building Systems.
“It’s incredible,” she said. “I mean it’s just overwhelming joy in general of the people that have showed up with open arms and arms full of bags. Cars have been coming in and out all day.”
Toiletries, nonperishable food and clothes spilled over into each room. McGriff says at least 100 people have reached out from all over Georgia.
McGriff’s dad, David Brannon, still has family in Adel, where at least seven people were killed.
“It hurts my heart to see my little hometown blown away,” he said.
He says it does his heart good to see neighbors stepping up.
“It’s amazing how everyone wants to help,” he said. “It’s always better to give than receive, and it’s just what you do as a human.”
McGriff is still accepting items on her East Atlanta front porch.
They’re hauling at least two trailers-worth of stuff to a Tifton church on Thursday.
If you’d like to help: Drop off items such as toiletries, baby products and clothes for South Georgia tornado victims at Tifton Building Systems at 555 Marksmen Court, Fayetteville. If you’d prefer to drop stuff off in East Atlanta, call the office at 770-461-6116, for more details.
There is also an Amazon wish list for victims of the tornadoes.