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Gifts headed to Katrina victims

October 06, 2005

Bainbridge, Georgia-- Tons of donations are on their way from Bainbridge to the victims Hurricane Katrina. "We're going to Pascagoula, Mississippi," says volunteer, Horton Griffin.

He and dozens of other volunteers are working hard to keep a tight schedule. A semi truck loaded with the supplies leaves before dawn on Friday. "This was the first leg of it this [Thursday] morning," says Griffin.

District Attorney, Joe Mulholland, is also helping out. The donations are a collaborative effort between his office and several churches around our region. "We're going to be taking food, water, cleaning supplies. Next month we're going to be taking turkeys and then the month after that, toys," says Mulholland.

Picking up the donations is just part of the process. Getting them there is the next step. "The sheriff's office here in Decatur has given us a police escort there and back," says Mulholland.

And the semi the donations will be riding in was given by Bainbridge College for the rest of the year. That's a true showing of South Georgia's hospitality, exported. "These are our brothers to the West and we're going to help them any way we can," says Mulholland. "It's people helping people that make a difference in life. If we can help one person, we're just glad to do our part," adds volunteer, Gene Trulock. "Words can't express how it makes me feel. It's a mountain top experience," says Horton. One that will carry on for at least a year.

Some of the acceptance points in Mississippi don't take clothes, so those will be sold at an upcoming yard sale in Bainbridge. Any money made will be sent directly to Pascagoula.

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