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Volunteer group helping evacuees: Offering snacks, drinks Wednesday to travelers

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Donations welcomed for motorists as they pass through the county

  • Donna Rowell/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Travelers voluntarily leaving Ridgeland - many who have passed through from out of state - ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Jasper County is ready to help others. Calling the initiative “Jasper Operation Evacuee Comfort” a group spearheaded by Regina Webster, Rhonda Lowther and Joyce Sapp plans to offer free snacks, baked goods and drinks to travelers headed back south after the storm.

Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the group asks the community to donate cold drinks and snacks at either Webster’s Auto Care in Ridgeland or the Farmers’ Market on Jacob Smart Boulevard in Ridgeland.

The Farmers’ Market (9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard) will be the main hub. Signs will be posted for motorists to stop by. They’ll be able to use the rest rooms, stretch, walk the dog and grab a complimentary drink or small bite to eat.

“We are trying to brighten a weary traveler’s day,” Webster said.

Volunteers are welcome. Helping hands needed.

Webster asks that sweets be individually wrapped.

There’s been heavy traffic in Jasper County since last week. Travelers who left Florida ahead of the storm are now headed back.

Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward estimated last week that 100,000 cars went through Hardeeville in a few days and it’s likely more than 250,000 cars have been through the county.

For more information about the volunteer-led program, call 843-247-0858.

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