A volunteer crew is removing hanging trees for free. (Source: WALB)
The crews worked to remove this tree Monday. (Source: WALB)
Jim Boyd is one of the volunteers. (Source: WALB)
Raymond Steely said he's thankful they are helping him with his trees. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -
A group of volunteers from Dalton, Georgia are back in Albany this week.
Their plan is to remove dangerous hanging trees from people's yards.
The best part is they are doing it free of charge.
It's simply out of the goodness of their hearts.
Branch after branch, volunteers came all the way from Dalton, Georgia to remove dangerous and often the most expensive trees for residents for free.
"They're going to come down soon," said Jim Boyd, a volunteer. "It'd be better to bring them down in a controlled manor and make sure nobody gets injured."
Boyd is one of three volunteers giving their time to help as part of a disaster relief ministry called 'Rebuilding Hope.'
"We've been up there are tried to cut the top branches off that we can. We're going to try to tie rope on the top and cut the tree in half and pull the top back back over while we use the skid steer to do the pulling on that," said Boyd as he explained the work on a tree on South Hibiscus Road.
Thanks to a donated lift skid steer, the volunteers will spend all week removing trees in Dougherty County.
"We try to look for ones that are really posing a danger to people primarily and then to people's homes and then their property, maybe a shed or a fence," said Boyd.
Residents said they are grateful for the generosity of the crew.
"I'd like to thank the disaster relief folks for helping me," said Raymond Steely. "I had gotten a price from one tree person from town, or out of town actually, and they wanted $1,500."
The volunteers said they are happy to help people and spread love in a community that's been bruised by mother nature.
"It's really not about cutting trees so much as it is about letting people know that they are loved, both by us but more importantly by God," said Boyd.
This isn't the first time Rebuilding Hope has come down to South Georgia to help.
They came immediately after the two January storms and were down here again last month.
This week they already have about 15 trees they plan to try to remove.
They said they hope to get to as many as possible.
If you have a tree in your yard that you need help removing in Dougherty County, the tree removal hotline is still available for folks who have dangerous trees that could fall on their home by another storm.
The number to call is 1-800-451-19-54.
They may not be able to get to everyone, but you can put your name on a list if you have a dangerous trees that are falling over and have already begun to uproot.