Multiple shelters full, fifth opening in Macon for Hurricane evacuees

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A fifth shelter is opening in Macon for Hurricane Irma evacuees after three shelters filled up over the weekend.

As of Sunday, the Memorial Park and Rosa Jackson Recreation Centers are open for evacuees.

Away from the uncertainty of the damage being caused by Hurricane Irma, evacuees are leaning on the support of the American Red Cross.

“They are good people and they go out of there way to help us, anything we needed they gave us,” Brenda Wallthour, who’s evacuating from Liberty County said.

Away from family and friends, many of the evacuees are finding comfort in strangers.

“”It doesn’t matter what background, what personality or culture or where you come from,” Wallthour said. “We is family, and in a current hurricane environment we are one.”

Volunteer nurses have stepped up to give medical care and get medicine to the evacuees who left theirs behind. Erica Parris, a volunteer nurse with the Red Cross, deployed all the way from Michigan.

“It’s really rewarding to me to know that I’ve been able to have such a big impact on someone and help them out so much in they’re major time of need,” Parris said.

All of the volunteers who’ve stepped up has Connie Hensler, Executive Director of the Central Midwest Georgia American Red Cross, feeling proud.

“It takes everyone coming together, it’s not one agency it’s not one group ,it’s really the community coming together,” Hensler said.

Hensler doesn’t know how many more evacuees could come to Macon for shelter, but the city will open shelters as needed.

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