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Woman camps out along Ledo Road for hunger

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Albany woman is going to great lengths to raise awareness about hunger in Albany.

She plans to camp out along side a busy road in Albany and she hopes that will encourage you to donate to the cause.

It's not exactly a picturesque spot to set up a tent and camp out for a week, but for Marie Kreiser it's the perfect spot.

"I hope people stop and say why are you doing this, I'll say bring your groceries, Wal-mart is right across the street," said Kreiser.

Kreiser is heading up a food drive for Curves Fitness.

"I hope we make a difference because there is such a desperate need," she said.

She's held one for the last seven years, but this year she felt the need to go all out, and do something to raise awareness.

She's calling it "Camping for the Cause" and for the next week, she will sleep in a tent along side Ledo Road.

"We have a need here, the statistics in Albany are phenomenal as far as the homelessness and the poverty level," she said.

She hopes to be on hand at all times to collect bags of groceries for those in need.

"They can bring a bag, they can bring a can, they can bring a truck load," she said.

She says the more the Merrier, and volunteers are needed to help.

"I envision there being a little tent city out here almost people coming out pitching their tents just taking on the same burden that I have," she said.

If you are looking to join a fitness facility she says now is the perfect time.

"If you are looking at a fitness membership now is the best time to join because you get to enroll for free with just a bag of groceries," she said.

At the end of March, all the food collected will go to the food bank of southwest Georgia.

If you wish to stop by and donate food, you can find Marie set up on a vacant lot near Curves on Ledo Road.

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