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Churches, community hosting free events Saturday

Free food and toiletries will be available to the community.

The Coweta Community has come together to support one another since the powerful storm struck last Friday and churches in the community will host more events this Saturday.

The Coweta Chapter of the NAACP and churches in the community are banding together for events Saturday at Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church and Prevailing Grace Ministries, and other members and organizations in the community are hosting an event at Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Churches, businesses and people from all over the state have been seen walking on foot handing out supplies. Many Cowetans have even opened up their homes preparing meals.

Coweta Chapter of NAACP partners with churches

Several local churches and the Coweta Chapter of NAACP’s event will be held Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Newnan Chapel UMC on Robinson Street in Newnan. The event is free .

Dr. Cynthia Finney, president of the Coweta chapter of the NAACP, said the goal of the event is to connect the community to resources.

“We understand the impact of the tornado, and that’s not going to go away soon,” Finney said. “We know there’s an immediate need that needs to be met for the people in our community right now, so it’s better for us to collaborate with several groups and come together in one location to make it easier for people to get the supplies and information they need.”

There will be free food for the community, as well as everyday items such as diapers, wipes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, water and hand sanitizer.

Finney said this is not going to be a one-time event.

“The next time it may be in a different location, but the need is going to be ongoing, and needs might change as we move into recovery mode,” Finney said. “My biggest concern is informing the people where to go for specific needs. Our chapter of the NAACP is here to help ensure the needs of this community are being met.”

Finney said the NAACP has partnered with the Continental Society of Newnan and Nissan of Newnan. Anyone who wishes to donate items can drop them off at Nissan of Newnan on Bullsboro Drive.

Prevailing Grace Ministries and community come together

Prevailing Grace Ministries of Newnan, along with other members of the community, are hosting a Unity in the Community event Saturday, April 3 at Zion Hill Baptist Church on Pinson Street. The event will begin at 11 a.m.

Pastor Jarmaine Elder Sr. of Prevailing Grace Ministries was hosting services at the Howard Warner building on Savannah Street. Elder has volunteered in the community, helping clear debris in the area.

“It’s important for all of us to come together,” Elder said. “Even in the midst of this storm, there has been unity in the community. People from all walks of life helping each other — no matter the gender, race or religious affiliation. It’s been a beautiful thing to see.”

There will be free food and toiletries.

Elder said donations can be brought to the event, or monetary donations can be made to Prevailing Grace by Cashapp to $Prevailinggrace.

A major tornado, reported to be an EF4, struck Newnan just after midnight Friday morning, March 26, causing significant damage to homes in a corridor along Smokey Road, LaGrange Street and East Broad Street.

The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency for Newnan shortly after midnight.

Newnan High School and nearby homes sustained some of the heaviest damage.