October 9th, 2009
04:02 PM ET

A flood of support in Atlanta

Since Georgia was hit by devastating and deadly floods last month, help has come in from all sides.  TV and radio stations, the Atlanta Braves, schools, local and national businesses, and others have pitched in, after flooding destroyed a reported 781 homes and caused an estimated $250 million in damage.

Celebs have contributed as well: Atlanta natives Ludacris and T.I. each contributed $10,000 to the recovery effort, and now Third Day is doing its part.  The Grammy-winning Christian rockers have turned their show tomorrow night in Atlanta into a flood victims' benefit concert.  One dollar from each ticket sold will go to a local federation of churches working with the relief agency Samaritan's Purse to provide aid to flood victims.

Atlanta resident Jeff Foxworthy is matching the donation, and the band is also donating autographed memorabilia, VIP access passes, and other such goodies to be auctioned off for the cause, as well as accepting canned goods at the show.

I was fortunate enough to call Atlanta home for awhile, and I was stunned at the extent of the damage, just as I've been warmed by how many people have rushed to help those affected by the flooding.  Here's hoping this latest relief effort inspires even more contributions, as the recovery continues in the region.

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  1. Debra

    Jstephens & david Danuiel: you are right, I meant to say the liberal Messiah who has seen fit to grace letterman has yet to travel to survey the damage. he is too busy posing for pictures with his Nobel.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jstephens

    Why do people refuse to address the president by his title? He is President Obama, not Obama. He is only "Obama" if he is your personal childhood friend, or related to you by blood. He has that title, he earned that title. respect it! Its been almost a year, everyone should be used to the fact that he is the President of the United States. It doesnt matter whether you voted for him or not. He still deserves the respect of the American people. If he does not have the support of Americans, then it makes us a much easier target for terrorist. remember 9/11? It is easy to critcize someone so important because they dont do what you think they should do. So my last point is, your asking the President for federal aid, how much aid are you willing to contribute to this cause?

    October 13, 2009 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • David Daniel, CNN Entertainment Senior Producer

      Debra R and others: for what it's worth, President Obama made a federal disaster declaration last month for 23 Georgia counties, and tens of millions of dollars in federal aid has already been approved. From a FEMA press release I found online after searching for, oh, about 30 seconds:

      Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties may apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 ( TTY ) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time). For additional information please visit http://www.fema.gov.

      October 13, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mazy

    Oh is the King's crown beginning to tarnish?

    October 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Darius J

    Wow glad to see some people are taking major action towrds this matter. I love the Georgia area and this is a major hardship Georgia will overcome.

    Another point; Obama??? Stop talking about the Nobel Prize and lets get that fed. Aid down here:)


    October 12, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Debra R

    Errr Obama???? Any federal help on the way or are you too busy posing for pictures?????

    October 12, 2009 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |

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