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Friday, April 29, 2011 - 11:39am

Aid Groups Help Storm Victims

Aid groups in Augusta are preparing to send relief to tornado-ravaged areas across the southeast.

At the local Salvation Army workers prepare a mobile kitchen resembling a large motor home. They stock the cabinets with supplies like prepackaged coffee, plastic cutlery and metal cookware

Debra McKenzie will be among the workers heading to one of the worst hit areas in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this week.

"Our plan is to be on site to provide food assistance," says McKenzie. "We’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, [and] anything we can, out of our canteen."

Nick Carnes with the New Passion Church, says he’s rounding up equipment like chainsaws, flashlights and generators to help north Georgia residents deal with the wreckage there.

"We’re trying to get together supplies that will help families be able to get in and get their possessions or get into their homes [through] fallen trees [and] fallen tree limbs," says Carnes.

The local Red Cross is sending volunteers to provide food and shelter in tornado-stricken parts of Georgia, Alabama and Missouri.

Government officials are also pitching in. This week, Columbia County sent a group of firefighters, a fire tuck and several emergency vehicles to help residents in Georgia’s Catoosa County.

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