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Charity uses social media to get help after snowstorm

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Social media is helping people in metro Atlanta affected by this week's snow and ice.

When the nonprofit Open Hand Atlanta found itself short on drivers equipped to deliver daily meals to home-bound clients, it took to Facebook.

They asked motorists with 4-wheel drive vehicles to help them out.

Emily Yu has a 4-wheel drive vehicle, she's one of 40 drivers who showed up to help with deliveries today.

"I just feel so terribly for the people stranded for so long in this rather without any food or water," said Yu.

The New Jersey native knows a thing or two about driving on snow and ice and wanted help in any way she could.

"I understand some of them are diabetic, so they need to get fed today," said Yu.

The nonprofit located near midtown serves daily meals to about 2,700 people year round.

Valerie Heard is one of those grateful clients.

"It's just a blessing for people to help out," said Heard.

Heard was able to eat yesterday, but because of the snow and ice, many other clients likely had to do without until today.

"You can't help the weather but you trust you'll make the best you can with what you can do," said Heard.

Julie Erwin has volunteered with Open Hand in the past by helping to prepare meals. She asked her brother David Erwin to help today sine he has a 4-wheel drive truck.

"I've done this in the past and I know the people really rely on it, so I come concerned for those people," said Erwin.

The new volunteers went through training before heading out to deliver meals.

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