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NEWNAN: Bridging the Gap needing help themselves
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NEWNAN, Ga. -- Bridging the Gap in Newnan is a group that helps feed 800 families in need each week, but this week they had to focus on themselves for a little while.

They nearly lost food that was intended for tornado victims in Meriwether County, when someone stole the copper out of their air conditioning units.

"If you would steal copper pipe for $20, you must be pretty desperate," said board member Tim Coleman.

The volunteers, who minister to people who cannot get their own food, were desperate themselves a few days ago. Pained by the scramble to save it from spoiling, and the idea that at some time, the they had probably helped the copper thieves.

"It was very heart-wrenching because of the whole idea of what Bridging The Gap does," said street preacher Avery Gardener. "Very possibly helped the people who possibly did the damage."

Part of the warehouse is cool; one of the A/C units is already fixed. But the heat they endured reminded them of more need - the people they help.

"In the midst of sweating it out here, we're getting requests," Coleman said. "Do you have an A/C window unit we could have or buy? Even a floor fan?"

Bridging the Gap: www.btgcommunity.org

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