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Red Cross opens shelter in Moultrie ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Red Cross volunteers were putting cots together for the second time in a month. (Source: WALB) Red Cross volunteers were putting cots together for the second time in a month. (Source: WALB)
Red Cross volunteer, Connie Fleetwood (Source: WALB) Red Cross volunteer, Connie Fleetwood (Source: WALB)
Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Nature Malone (Source: WALB) Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Nature Malone (Source: WALB)
In addition to the one in Moultrie, the Red Cross will open a shelter on the ABAC campus in Tifton on Thursday. (Source: WALB) In addition to the one in Moultrie, the Red Cross will open a shelter on the ABAC campus in Tifton on Thursday. (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Around 100 evacuees from Florida stayed in a shelter in Moultrie Wednesday night.

Red Cross volunteers were putting cots together for the second time in a month.

After Hurricane Hermine, they're now bracing for Matthew. 

"We need more cots out," said Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Nature Malone. 

Moultrie volunteers Connie and Mark Fleetwood have deployed to major disasters around the country. 

"Gives Mark and I, my husband and opportunity to help other people, we've been so blessed in our lives and we would like to pay it back, and the Red Cross gives us that opportunity," explained Connie. 

Normally, they feed people out of an emergency response vehicle.  

But this time has been different.

"These are care kits that we give to everyone that comes," said Malone. 

"We're home and we're helping set up the shelter this time, this makes it real when it's at your own house," explained Connie. 

Each kit is filled with necessities like a toothbrush, toothpaste and wash clothes, giving victims a home away from home at First Baptist Church. 

"Churches are always there, they're always there to help. They're going to be there when we get there, they're going to be there when we leave," said Connie. 

Malone keeps the Fleetwoods on speed dial. 

"We're also following their leadership because they have been to other deployments, this is time for them to help their local community to receive those people coming into the community, their irreplaceable," explained Malone.

"A lot of us working together and that's part of the neighbor helping neighbor that we love with Red Cross," said Connie. 

To the Fleetwoods, being on the frontlines, is a gift that keeps on giving. 

There are five Red Cross shelters open in Georgia.

By Thursday, that number will grow to 25.

Three of them will be in Southwest Georgia.

In addition to the one in Moultrie, the Red Cross will open a shelter on the ABAC campus in Tifton on Thursday.

And a shelter also opened in Valdosta on Wednesday.

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