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Red Cross sets up shelters to aid tornado victims

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ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. -

Many of the victims of Wednesday's storm in north Georgia have been left homeless and face the task of starting all over again. It's why the Red Cross has opened shelters across the region.

Heavy equipment cleared debris left behind by the tornado that turned so many lives upside down in Adairsville. Nearby, a family digs through what's left of their lives -- just thankful they survived the storm.

Holly Baker recovered precious photos from her demolished childhood home.

"It was very important for me to find those because my dad passed away when I was young. So, that was all I had of him. But we are finding a lot of that stuff. So, it's making me feel a little bit better about it," said Baker.

Holly is fortunate to have family to live with. But many tornado survivors had to turn to the Red Cross for shelter.

"You need people like this to help you out. In a time of crisis, you need people to help you out," said tornado survivor," said Ronald Curtis.

Curtis is lucky to be alive. The 58-year-old man was in his bed at the Relax Inn, and had to be rescued from what was left of the hotel.

"The roof from the top fell down and knocked me down off the bed, and cut me up. Somebody come in and got me. They come in, and take the stuff off of me to get me out of there," said Curtis.

People are showing up at the shelter to drop off food, water and clothes. Tina Summers is with an all-female motorcycle group that just wanted to help.

"It could happen to you. It could happen to me. But it happened to them. So, we need to reach out as a community to help those who need it," said Tina Summers of Chrome Divas.

But while Tina's charity is appreciated, Red Cross spokesman Rubin Brown says what they really need is cash donations.

"When people donate material donations to us it takes time to sort, to inventory, to clean and so forth and to deliver. And those are resources that we'd rather allocate to providing direct service to clients who are in need," said Brown.

If you would like to help victims of the severe weather that swept across north Georgia on Wednesday, click here.

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