Hurricane Michael: Neighbors come together to donate supplies for hurricane victims

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Neighbors in Atlanta are coming together to deliver food and water to victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida.

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Young and old came together in the city’s Candler Park neighborhood to help load a truck with supplies.

A neighborhood mom posted online asking for donations and within hours, supplies like water and medical supplies poured in, not only from neighbors, but as far away as

Birmingham, Alabama.

Carrie Shevlin, who organized the drive, owns two vacation rentals in hurricane-ravaged Cape San Blas.

On Friday afternoon, she put out a call for help and then went on a Costco run for supplies.

"When I came back, I couldn't even get in my front door," Shevlin said. "The entire front porch was filled. My living room was filled."

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There were non-perishable food items, thousands of bottles of water and even cat food.

About 30 people gathered at Shevlin's house Saturday afternoon to donate, pack boxes and provide support.

"The Cape is such an important place to so many people and to my family, and to see this outpouring of love for a place that's typically called the Forgotten Coast was really nice," Shevlin said.

Carol and Eric Pittman, who Shevlin contacted through Facebook, drove a 26-foot truck from Birmingham to Atlanta.The truck will leave for Gainesville tomorrow and then be flown to people in need in Florida.

Sheviln hopes that when the supplies arrive it will help people to prepare for the long road to recovery ahead.

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"I hope it gives them a little bit of hope and gives them the reassurance they are not alone," Shevlin said. "Hang in there, Gulf Country, we're coming. We're going to help you."

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