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Cowetans reaching out to Florida, Texas


  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Sep. 12, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Efforts to reach out to people in need following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma continue.

Food and water are being collected for areas hit hard by Irma. Chris Holmstrom and Michael Dopp are spearheading that project.

Water and shelf-stable food can be taken to Jimmy John’s at Ashley Park and to the Coweta Veterans Club on Highway 29 north of Newnan.

A fundraising event is set at The Brickhouse, 80 Newnan Station Drive, on Thursday. Gift cards and event tickets – concerts, Braves, Falcons, Georgia Tech, theater – will be auctioned.

The goal is “to raise as much money as possible for items such as toiletries, school supplies, mosquito repellent, and food,” said Anthony Closson, one of the organizers.

Closson’s wife, April, is from Rockport, Texas, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey. “I grew up there for 18 years. It is my home,” she said.

April Closson explained that monetary donations are needed so that items can be purchased as needed. People don’t have anywhere to put donated items right now, she said.

Many of the homes and buildings do not have roofs at present.

All of the proceeds will help families in Rockport.

April Closson will be traveling to Rockport to take the donations. Once she is there, she hopes to see ways for other help. She said school classes resume will there Oct. 9, and she is considering a future fundraiser to help students and teachers in Rockport.

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Winston Skinner - winston@newnan.com