Apparently, scenes from around the region also touched the hearts of the employees of Calhoun-based Nance Carpet and Rugs, who helped raise money for the American Red Cross relief efforts in the region.
Last week, Nance Carpet officials presented a check for $5,000 to the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief in the area.
Jeff Putnam, executive director of the ARC’s Northwest Georgia Chapter, said the April tornadoes are the biggest local disaster the chapter has had to deal with, affecting six of the 10 counties it serves.
In the past two weeks, the Red Cross has served 35,000 meals and is averaging 4,000 snacks a day to volunteers and storm victims. The Red Cross is also providing clean-up kits to storm victims, he said. Residents of the affected counties are entering the long-term recovery phase.
“Two hundred-fifty volunteers from around the country are working on disaster relief in our region,” Putnam said.
“The fact that the Red Cross brought people in from all over to help us here really impressed me, and we wanted to do something to help,” Carol Nance said. “This gift is a way for us to give back to our community, but we couldn’t have done it without our employees.”
Putnam said that the American Red Cross has a strong presence in Gordon County because of the Nance family.
“They donated the building that our office is in, and support us in many ways,” he said.