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Hurricane preparations started

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Hurricane season is less than two weeks away, and some south Georgia volunteers are getting ready.

Employees from Wild Adventures theme park are volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank of Valdosta, packing thousands of disaster relief packages that will be shipped to hurricane zones.

 "The products we're packaging today are Ensure, Pediasure, Pedialyte, and Zone Bars, which all products that the elderly and children really have to have during key times to keep them very healthy," said Frank Richards, Food Bank President and CEO.

Employees from Wild Adventures were eager to dedicate their time to the cause.  "We really feel that we are privileged to be able to give back to the community and to people that we might not even meet," said Wendi Burke of  Wild Adventures.

The supplies will be sent to hurricane zones around the country. The employees packed three semi truck loads of packages. That equates to 6,000 disaster relief packs.

Many said the flooding Valdosta recently experienced inspired them to lend a hand.

"I think this project is really hitting home for a lot of the local people here, just after the flood relief that we've just done. They know how important it is for a community to be ready in the event of something like this," Richards said.

The project will continue tomorrow with even more packages being assembled, packages that have the potential to save lives, come hurricane season.

The disaster relief packs assembled today will be distributed to 20 food banks in thirteen states.

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