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Trees help heal Ringgold

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RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- One by one volunteers pull plant-ready trees off the truck in Ringgold hoping to replenish the greenery around town.

The April 27th tornadoes ravaged the town killing 8 and also left thousands of trees broken from the ground.

Volunteer David Dunn said, "This town took a heck of a hit back in April and it is still wounded and we are hoping that we can start the process of recovery by fixing this problem."

The group, Trees For Ringgold, used donations to by 400 trees from local nurseries.

They hope the new trees will help restore pride to the city.

Volunteer Joy Thornton said, "This has always been a community that pulls together in a time of need, or in a time of crisis and it has been an ongoing process."

Across town Jeff Hullander's company has spent weeks restoring about 80 trees to one home.

He says the mulch is made of timber destroyed in the storms.

"Anytime you can reuse anything, you can get double duty out of it," Hullander said. "Making the best lemonade, of a bad situation."

For some it's more than replacing what was lost, it's a healing process for a community recovering from ruins.

Volunteer Rae Brooks said, " It has never been a problem. You make a phone call and people are pitching in to help."

Planting will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. Visit www.trees4ringgold.com for more information.

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