On March 26th, 2021, an F4 tornado swept through Newnan, GA. leaving hundreds of homes, trees, businesses, and properties destroyed. As it moved through downtown Newnan, the tornado was 1 mile wide and had 170 mph maximum wind speed. It was the strongest tornado that has hit Georgia in a decade.
Seeing our own community hit with such a natural disaster was devastating in many ways, but what has happened as a result has been truly inspiring. Without hesitation, members of the community answered the call for help and joined together to help in any way they could. Thousands of volunteers arrived with chainsaws to cut down trees, tarps for damaged homes, and food, water, clothing, and other non-perishable items to help those that lost so much.
On May 8th, 2021, Hope Global was able to partner with the #NewnanStrong movement for a benefit night on the Downtown Newnan Square. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy music, silent auctions, food, drinks, and much more. By coming together, we were able to make a huge impact to help victims of the tornado with their short-term and long-term needs. Although it has been months since the tornado hit the community, many are still unable to return to their homes because of storm damage. With the support raised at the event, Hope Global is able to provide ongoing relief for those still in need.
We would like to say a special THANK YOU to everyone that helped make the Tornado Benefit Event possible. Thank you to our volunteers, musicians, business partners, and the #NewnanStrong team for partnering with us to make this event a huge success!
We would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to every member of the community that came out and gave support.
During times such as these, people can choose to let the circumstances defeat them, or they can rise above and work together to overcome. The people of Newnan showed up and proved that when helping each other as one community, there is nothing that we cannot overcome.