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Georgia churches to help tornado victims in Adairsville

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -

Churches from all over Georgia will converge this weekend to helprebuild and restock homes and businesses in Adairsville damaged and destroyed by last month's tornado.

An 80-year-old woman has rallied churches in Fayette County to help Adairsville tornado victims.

Dot Ensley was angry that FEMA refused to give aid to Georgia because the tornado damage did not meet government standards for federal disaster relief.  So Dot decided that she was going to get off her sofa and help do it herself. She calls it "Operation CFC," which stands for Citizens of Fayette County.  

Fayette County churches responded with trailer loads of new donated items needed by tornado victims who lost everything.

The churches plan to caravan their supplies to Adairsville on Saturday. They will join churches from across Georgia for what Adairsville is calling "Operation Rebuild."

Almost 500 buildings were damaged and 14 homes were destroyed as well as a church and hotel.

Churches filling in the gap created by government's inability is expected to be the new direction of disaster relief.

"When your government supplies to you, they usually want something back from you.  And this way what we give is a free gift, no requirements.  No strings attached.  It's all for the people who need help," said Fayette County Commissioner Allen Mcarty.

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