Albany - Labor day isn't complete without a barbecue, and that's why more than 100 evacuees were treated to one today. Beth Wood says, "Everything we have today is donated. We have men with charcoal grills, we have tables and chairs donated. We have foods, drinks."
All because of Sisters on a Mission, a group of Albany women who wanted evacuees to know they are cared about. Wood says, "They are here in our city, they are visitors, they are welcome. We want to help them in any way we can, and we just want to let them know that there are people who care and that there are people out there who want to help."
Help that is noticed and appreciated from evacuees like Arthur Ruggans. He says, "It's wonderful. It's a Godsend, it really is. Everything has been done for us since we've been here. We really, really appreciate it, and it's a Godsend."
And not just the barbecue. The response from the community has been overwhelming. Ann Lyles says, "I am very glad of the response that we have gotten. It's very good that the community has come together for a good cause like this. I'm very glad that people have opened their hearts, opened their wallets, and opened their doors to these hurricane victims."
Victims who couldn't find a room anywhere else and are glad they were lead to Albany. Troy Chiasson of New Orleans says, "It's awesome. Don't know how to thank everybody. We got lucky coming here."
The barbecue was held at Suburban Lodge for guests at that hotel who are evacuees, as well as evacuees staying at the Holiday Inn and Wingate Inn. More than 100 volunteers helped make the event a success.