(Northwest Georgia) – One week after an F4 Tornado reaching speeds of 200 mph ripped through Ringgold, Georgia, charities across the Tennesse Valley and Northwest Georgia are doing all they can to help out. Georgia Northwestern students, faculty, and staff attempted to do their part on Thursday, May 5.

“It’s such a small, small thing in the face of what everyone is dealing with in our region this week. However, we want to do something to help in anyway,” said Jeff King, provost of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. “We have a proud student body and they have been asking to do anything to help out.”

Working via the social media networks and e-mail links of Georgia Northwestern, the college helped set-up a pair of drives at the LaFayette and Fort Oglethorpe Wal-Marts. People gave hundreds of boxes of cleaning and building supplies, as well as approximately $3,000 in cash to help buy even more supplies. GNTC used a pair of tractor-trailers from their commercial truck driving program to take and hold donations, as well as transport the supplies to collection sites in the region Thursday night.

“We are thankful to be able to do whatever we can do,” said King. “We are all neighbors. The way our students and employees have come together is inspiring. Each day begins and ends we prayer for our families and thankfulness for what we have.”

If you or someone you know needs assistance as a result of the storms, you are encouraged to contact DisasterAssistance.gov, call 800-621-FEMA, or try their mobile site at m.fema.gov.