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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The heat is back in south Georgia. The temperature didn't quite reach the 100-degree mark in Albany, but the heat index was well into triple digits.

When it gets this hot in Albany,the men at Albany Rescue mission have one thought in common. Prayers to stay cool.

Monroe Davis is trying to keep cool. He rides his bike every day to the rescue mission on Monroe street for a free meal while he continues to save up money for him and his wife.

"I have no other means of transportation. Either that or walk," said Davis.

As volunteers serve up food, and everyone takes advantage of ice cold drinks, Davis is thankful for nourishment in this heat.

Carl Mathis drives the van. He's in charge of food donations, pickups, giving rides, and bringing medication to the nearly 40 guys who live at the rescue mission.

"It gave me a place to live when I didn't have anywhere else to go," said Mathis.

Mathis joined the mission last November. He appreciates a place to sleep with A/C especially with during these hot summer nights.

That includes providing food for people like Davis who's going to school and working at the same time and Mathis who starts a new job next week. They are all reasons to stride through the heat.

The Albany Rescue Mission serves roughly 7,000 meals a month. It's funded solely through donations. If you'd like to help you can visit the website at http://www.albanyrescuemission.org/.

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