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Community members, groups rally behind people impacted by Troup County tornado: 'We have to care for others'

The community is coming together to support those affected by the tornado, showing that in times of crisis, kindness and compassion can make all the difference.

WEST POINT, Ga. — Troup County community members and organizations are coming together to help neighbors and loved ones affected by Sunday's EF-3 tornado.

Horace Gilliam is one of those residents; he vividly remembers when the storm ripped through his neighborhood in West Point, Georgia.

"The hail and the rain come first. And then it got quiet, and then the train come through -- it sound like a train," he recalled.

Gilliam's home, which he shared with his wife for 25 years, was severely damaged. 

"It's been raining, you know, and it's pouring. Blows, it's all wet," he said, pointing to the roof that had fallen in. 

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The floor is littered with broken mementos. However, Tuesday brought a little relief for Gilliam when Eslene Shockley and her organization, Caring for Others, came to lend a hand. 

Caring for Others came prepared with tarps, shovels, rakes, and other supplies to help with the cleanup effort. Shockley said the organization tries to remain prepared for when the need arises. 

"We have bought some of the stuff, some of it we have in our warehouse," she explained.

While Shockley knows these items won't undo the damage, she hopes Gilliam and others know there are people willing to help. 

"In a time like this, we have to care for others. Because I care, you care. And we should all care together," she said.

Also collecting donations is the congregation at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church. Located one mile from where the tornado made landfall, the church is now being used as a storage location for donations. 

Reeds Chapel Baptist has been posting updates on Facebook of what supplies they are collecting. 

And to find ways to get involved with Caring For Others, visit its website. 

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