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Playground for Katrina victims built

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May 4, 2006

Albany -- Dozens of volunteers spent the day building a playground for victims of Hurricane Katrina still living in Albany. Those evacuees are grateful to South Georgian's continued generosity.

 Sylvia Smith plants flowers at Jordan's Crossing playground, just behind her Albany home. Smith said "I love that all the community is getting together, and pulling the resources, and helping the people from Katrina."

Dozens of volunteers joined Smith and other Hurricane evacuees who live in the former Boyett Village, to build the playground for their children. Smith said "The majority of the kids have to go way, way down yonder to the playground, or to go to other places. Like my granddaughter and the children next door, it will make a big difference."

Home Depot donated the materials for the playground, and many of it's employees came out to build it. Firefighters and other county and city employees also helped to beautify this spot where kids who lost their homes to Katrina, now can relax and have fun.

 Tarek Posey said "It's been a blessing. Everybody's been looking out, it's been real beautiful. Real beautiful." Smith and Posey say Albany and South Georgians have not forgotten them since the storm, and they plan to stay. Smith said "Everybody, black, white, from different backgrounds. It's just a blessing that people take their time to come do this."

At one time about 290 Hurricane Katrina victims were living in this former military base housing. Now there are 43 still here, many with children.

Smith says the playground will get lots of use this summer.

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