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Royalton residents band together to help hurricane victims

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FRANKLIN CO. -- People in Royalton came together to help victims of the deadly hurricane in Texas. In just days, they organized a drive to send supplies to the gulf coast.

This small town has shown a lot of heart organizing, not one but two collection drives. 

Long time resident Barbara Patterson says over the weekend she saw a side of her home town she hadn't seen in years and she was proud.

"It just made you realize that we're here, we just kind of don't get out there anymore," said Patterson.

Friday, residents reached into their wallets and bought enough goods to send down to Houston Texas. Semi driver John Delahunt asked his boss if he could use his semi to collect items for hurricane Harvey victims. Delahunt says the people were so eager to help, he hit the road Sunday with huge load to Spring, Texas. When he got there, Delahunt went live from his social media page.

"John indicated on his feed that when they got there, he asked them what the people had. They said, this room is empty, we have nothing and our truck filled it up," said Patterson.

Carrying the baton, resident Paul Cato started another collection Wednesday with his trailer.

"Everybody came together just out of nowhere and I'm like, 'whoa, that makes it easy. I'll just jump in on the group and be part of it," he said.

Cato says Sabbath Baptist church of Benton gave $1,000 and Heartland Regional Medical Center donated a pallet of medical supplies and sanitizer.

"I was so proud of the people in this town did, young and old," said Patterson.

Cato left for Texas, Wednesday afternoon.

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