Columbus Fire and EMS get ready to take donations to tornado victims

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - A group of Columbus firefighters are gearing up to head out with a truck filled with donations to give to tornado victims in Alabama and Georgia.

Firefighters loaded thousands of dollars worth of donations like canned goods, bottled water, baby formula, and diapers.

Captain Mark Burnett with Columbus Fire and EMS said they are blown away by the community's generosity.

"Each POD holds around 1500 square feet of goods. So as you can see right behind me this was is done. That's 1500 and the other two were almost full so anywhere between about 4000 square feet of good food," said Burnett.

A team of ten will drive to Walker County, Georgia to drop off the goods.  The donations will then be distributed across both Alabama and Georgia.  The team will also help with clean-up work like clearing debris and repairing homes.

But, Burnett asked the donations to keep coming.  They are planning another trip on May16th to drop off even more goods to help victims.

"So, please don't stop giving. If you gave the first time, that's great. Get out, tell somebody about it. Let them give another time," said Burnett.

Burnett explained he and the team are excited about helping, but they, also, are preparing mentally to see the devastation.

"I'm sure its going to be emotional when we get there. Imagine yourself having everything you've got is gone and somebody is coming up to you to lend a helping hand.  It is going to be emotional. So, we're trying to prepare ourselves and you know--it is okay. Grown men do cry," said Burnett.

If you would like to help, Burnett said donations can be dropped off at any Columbus Fire Station.

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