‘Operation Blessing’: Volunteers clean up in Albany after storms

| February 3, 2017

ALBANY – It’s now been more than a week since a deadly storm hit South Georgia, and volunteers are having to return to work. But on Thursday, one company sent more than a hundred volunteers to continue the cleanup efforts in Albany.

Tangled piles of debris line Skywater Boulevard– a completely different scene at Robert Bailey’s home, from just a week ago.

“It’s a night and day difference. You could barely see the house,” Bailey says.

He says very few trees did not fall on his home– like the one in the center of his backyard, perfectly aligned with the room his wife and daughter were hiding in during the storm.

“You just look and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, what is this?’ And just thank god that they were okay, and then the next question is, where do I go from here?” Bailey says.

Bailey and his family say they are thankful for volunteers coming from all across the country. He says after removing the broken trees and broken limbs, he can finally see the ground of his own front yard.

Thursday, volunteers came from the Home Depot in Tallahassee to lend a helping hand.

Bailey says, “You see everybody from all walks of life, from all across the country, just showing up.”

On Thursday, more than a hundred of them, partnering with ‘Operation Blessing’, came to help people like Bailey.

Jody Gettys, with Operation Blessing, says, “It’s not going and cutting up all these trees, or putting a tarp on their house, but the greatest thing we can do is listen to their story, to be there, love on them, to encourage them.”

Bailey says, “It makes a difference to see that and see the genuine concern for mankind.”

Restoring hope in the city of Albany for many weeks to come.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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