Storm victims get aid

Red Cross of Augusta volunteers have been working in Thomson throughout the weekend to aid those affected by Thursday night's tornado.

Amanda Bennett, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross' Augusta chapter, said 30 cases of financial assistance have been opened, helping 75 McDuffie County residents.

Those hit hardest by the storm will receive financial assistance from the Red Cross based on the level of damage they have seen, she said.

The Red Cross is also operating an emergency response vehicle, supplying free meals as homeowners work to rebuild the area caught in the storm's path.

"We are going to continue our mobile feeding for individuals out there cleaning up afterwards," Ms. Bennett said Sunday.

Officials have closed the shelter because of lack of demand but will reopen a service center at First Baptist Church in Thomson today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center was closed Sunday to allow for church services, Ms. Bennett said.

So far, 178 meals, 38 snacks and 32 comfort kits, consisting of personal hygiene items, have been distributed to people affected by the storm, she said. The Red Cross has also given out $17,825 in direct assistance.

Ms. Bennett said she did not know how long the Red Cross would have to operate in the county.

"We're going to reassess tomorrow to see how long it will go on," she said.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

WANT TO HELP?

To contribute to the Red Cross' Augusta Disaster Relief Fund, call (706) 724-8481 or mail a contribution to American Red Cross of Augusta Disaster Relief Fund, 1322 Ellis St., Augusta, GA 30901.