How can you help Georgia tornado victims?


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There are many options for anyone looking for ways to help the victims of South Georgia's deadliest tornado outbreak.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations at redcross.org. Select “Southern Tornadoes and Storms” in the drop-down menu.

You can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance.

To donate by phone via credit card, or for help with any questions you may have about other ways of donating funds to the Red Cross, call:

  • English: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
  • Spanish: 1-800-257-7575
  • TDD Operator: 1-800-220-4095

The Red Cross also encourages you to donate blood or find a way to volunteer. For more information, go to redcross.org.

To volunteer with the Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency in Albany, Georgia, call 229-483-6226, 229-483-6227 or 229-483-6228.

For a list of volunteer organizations that are active in disaster relief in Georgia, go to https://gavoad.communityos.org/cms/www.unityindisasters.org. There are links to more than 30 experienced disaster relief organizations in Georgia, including the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, Catholic Charities Atlanta, Lutheran Disaster Response, Habitat for Humanity and government partner agencies.

According to WALB News in Albany, Luke Bryan, Phillip Phillips and Cole Swindell have agreed to play a benefit concert to help the tornado victims. The date has not been determined.

WALB also held a telethon Wednesday with the Red Cross that raised $133,130. Donations are still being taken. To contribute, go to the South Georgia storm relief page.

A ministry in Woodbine, Georgia, is collecting donations to be taken Thursday to Albany for disaster relief. Isaiah 6:8 Ministries is collecting packaged and canned food, water, new blankets, new towels and flip flops from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Helping Hands Food Pantry at 103 West Church Street. Call 912-576-8105 for more information.

If you know of other organizations collecting donations or sending volunteers to Georgia, email webteam@wjxt.com.