Stories From the Storm: Georgia’s Southern Hospitality

By Nancy Flory Published on September 12, 2017

As Florida prepared for record-breaking Hurricane Irma, the impending natural disaster brought out some of the best of humanity. Neighbors were helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers. Here’s a story of kindness that we think will warm your heart.

Florida evacuees who drove up Interstate 75 into Georgia saw a welcome sight at a gas station in Valdosta Sunday: free food.

Volunteer Chad Harrison told Fox News, “We are having a lot of bottleneck traffic on [Interstate] 75 slowing down. People without food, people without money to buy gas. We just felt like it was our duty as Americans to come out and cook.”

Harrison and other volunteers cooked hot dogs and waved neon pink signs advertising “Free Food for Evacuees.” Harrison said that helping people out with food and gas money alleviated at least some of their stress:

We have probably fed over 2,000 people on the interstate today. Fifteen to 20 families have been helped as far as gas, supplies that they needed, water, drinks, food, letting their dogs just get out.

Volunteer Jesse Cooper said it was important to give back. “When you give to people, you get blessings in return.”


If you haven’t already, please consider helping the victims of Irma. Samaritan’s Purse is collecting donations to help with relief efforts. You may donate by clicking here.

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