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Red Cross Thanks NW Georgia Tornado Community Partners and Donors

Red Cross people speaking with NAACP representative
When disaster strikes, hundreds of people and businesses step up to the plate to help, said Jeffrey Putnam, Executive Director of the Red Cross of Northwest Georgia.

The American Red Cross would like to recognize and thank all of the community partners and major donors in Northwest Georgia who responded to the needs of the Gordon and Bartow County communities after the January 30 tornado disaster.

Thank you to our sheltering and feeding partners who generously made their facilities, equipment, staff and volunteers available to the American Red Cross and those in need of shelter.

Many of these facilities stayed opened for several consecutive days after the storms:

• Manning Mill Park, Bartow County Parks and Recreation

• Belmont Baptist Church, Calhoun

• Sonoraville Recreation Center, Gordon County Parks and Recreation

• Salvation Army, Dalton, Rome & Cartersville

The Red Cross also recognizes generous support from the following supporters (both In-Kind Donations and Major Financial Support):

• Suzuki Manufacturing of America, Rome

• The Bobbye F. Harris Foundation, Calhoun

• Dr. Neil Gordon, Cedartown

• Case-New Holland, Calhoun

• Pine Chapel United Methodist Church, Calhoun

• Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, Dalton

• Century Bank of Georgia, Calhoun & Cartersville

• Fox Systems, Inc., Calhoun

• Omnova Solutions, Calhoun

• AT&T Georgia, Kennesaw

• Shaw Industries, Dalton

• Dow Chemical, Dalton

• Greater Rome Bank, Rome

• Greater Community Bank of Calhoun, Calhoun

• Mattie Lou Strain Sunday School Class, Calhoun First Baptist Church, Calhoun

• Bentley Dye Services, Calhoun

• Bradford Drug Company, Cedartown

• DHM Adhesives, Inc., Calhoun

• Superior Manufacturing Group, Inc., Calhoun

• Anheuser-Busch, Cartersville

• Bob & Carol Nance, Calhoun

• Coca-Cola, Atlanta

• Kroger, Rome

• Home Depot, Calhoun & Rome

• United Community Bank, Adairsville

• Cohutta Ruritan Club, Cohutta

“When disaster strikes, hundreds of people and businesses step up to the plate to help,” said Jeffrey Putnam, Executive Director of the Red Cross of Northwest Georgia. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of these businesses, organizations, and individuals who made significant efforts to help not only people affected by the tornados but also the Red Cross and its volunteers.”

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at