Climax club helps tornado victims

Published 10:42 am Monday, May 16, 2011

DEWEY ROBINSON, representing the Bainbridge Salvation Army, accepts a donation from representatives of the Climax Community Club, Fannie Wells, left, and Lois Fletcher Stuckey to be used for tornado victims in Ringgold, Ga.

The Climax Community Club, sponsor of the Swine Time Festival each November in Climax, helped victims of the tornado that devastated Ringgold, Ga.

Representative of the club and two members of the humanitarian committee, Fannie Wells and Lois Fletcher Stuckey, presented a substantial check to Dewey Robinson, chairman of the board of the Bainbridge Salvation Army at the board meeting on May 12.

The donation was earmarked for the Georgia victims in Ringgold.

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Robinson thanked the committee for the donation and said that helping where there was a disaster was one of the main goals of the Salvation Army. He assured Wells and Stuckey that the donation would be used as specified for those in need in Ringgold.

The tornado that almost completely destroyed Ringgold hit the small town in April with the large outbreak of tornados all over north Alabama and north Georgia. There were more than 326 fatalities during the outbreak, which created an extraordinary three EF-5 tornadoes.

Catoosa County and Ringgold authorities closed down much of the city and hard-hit county areas because of dangerous conditions. There were everything from gas leaks to unstable structures and debris on the road ways. It was also reported that probably 50 percent of the business district was wiped out including several fast-food restaurants, with many people losing their jobs and the income they depended on. Many lost their homes. Emergency workers evacuated many to shelters.

Ringgold is a town of nearly 3,000 located 17 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn. Work continues even now to help the victims. Spokespersons for the club, Wells and Stuckey said they were glad the Climax Community Club could help with some assistance where it was needed in our home state, as this was one of the goals of the humanitarian aspects of the club to return to the community where help was needed.

This community just happened to be another small community in North Georgia that needed help.