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Duluth organizes drive to help sister city

DULUTH — Duluth residents are giving a helping hand to fellow Duluth residents 1,200 miles away.

The volunteer effort is being coordinated to help efforts in Minnesota to repair the damage left after more than 12 feet of water washed through the historic area of Duluth, Minnesota in June.

“To show our support and concern for our sister city, the citizens of Duluth are donating work gloves for volunteer workers,” said Alisa Williams, spokeswoman for the Georgia city.

Mayor Nancy Harris said she is planning to visit the sister city with the First Baptist Church of Duluth, which will deliver the gloves.

“After hearing about the floods in downtown Duluth, Minnesota, I contacted Mayor Don Ness,” Harris said. “Mayor Ness said all they really need are lots of help and working hands. The estimated cost of damage for roads and infrastructure surpasses $108 million.”

Anyone interested in helping is asked to bring new, adult-size work gloves to City Hall by Friday, July 20.

Williams said local stores Howard Brothers Hardware and Big Lots are helping with the project.

Staff Writer Frank Reddy contributed to this report.