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September 8, 2005

Tifton-- It's been more than a week and a half since Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast, and still thousands of people are struggling to survive.

But one Tift County business is working to bring some much needed to relief to the storm victims.

Volunteers hope to soon have an entire semi-truck filled with clean bottled water. "Last week we were thinking what a great that we might be able to take to the people that have no running water and are still in great need of water supply," says Cathy Young.

The Smith, Branch, and Pope Century 21 office kicked off their "Water for the Weary" campaign this week. They're working to collect 50,000 bottles of water to take to victims in either Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana.

"We felt like as a community we needed to reach out to other communities that needed our help because if we ever needed help we'd want someone to reach out to us as well," says Karen Thomas.

"We've also had this card of encouragement when people brought their water they can just drop by, leave the water, and sign the card," Young adds.

While they collect donations the staff has also been able to help the hurricane victims who were able to evacuate to the area. "We've actually had people come in that are actually going to relocate to Tifton and stay that are from the area that's been devastated, so it's been a blessing to us to be able to help them in more ways than one," says Thomas.

Storm water may have destroyed their homes, but the realtors are hoping the shipment of clean, drinking water, will help bring some relief to the survivors.

The Water for the Weary semi-truck is across from the Century 21 office, in the 1800 block of Highway 41 North in Tifton.

Water will be collected through Saturday, and Monday through Thursday of next week.

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