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August 31, 2005

Moultrie- Workers at S & W Irrigation and Equipment Company spent a day and a half loading up for their trip.

"We're taking excavators, bulldozers, back hoes, RTVs, food, water. We're taking probably 2,500, 3,000 gallons of water. We're taking diesel fuel. We're taking gas, generators," says Woody Weeks.

They're also taking hundreds of pounds of food and personal items like soap and toothbrushes.

"Those people are there with nothing, so any little thing you take they need it," says Weeks.

"What we do ain't going to amount to a whole lot in comparison to things, but we just wanted to go do what we can," says Kent Hamilton.

Eight volunteers including owner Kent Hamilton will drive the trucks to Pearlington, Mississippi.

"We know some people there at the port. We've worked with people shipping produce out of Mexico. We just wanted to go out there and do what we can to help those people because we know they were right in the eye of the storm," Hamilton says.

It's a trip some of them have made before. Woody Weeks spent six weeks in the area last year cleaning up after the string of storms that blew through the gulf.

"You see people crying. you see people that are just devastated. They're walking around like they're lost," Weeks says.

"It makes me feel good to be able to do this. I know we can go out there help everybody, but the few people that we can help it will certainly make a difference to them," says Hamilton.

Being able to make a difference is all the thanks the crew says they'll ever need.

The crew from S & W plans to stay up to a week working in Mississippi before heading back home, but when they return they'll leave the equipment there for hurricane victims to continue clean up efforts.

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