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Day Two of Red Cross Walk


The second leg of the 2013 Walk for American Red Cross could not have been better!! It started with a visit to the Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club during their morning meeting at R.J.'s. Rotarians were passing the hat at the end of their meeting. Thanks so much!!

We had to leave before they adjourned because we were headed to Great Dane to start walking. Great Dane manager Kevin Black noted they've only been open since April. But two employees have had house fires and were helped by Red Cross. Great Dane pledged to be stand alone part of the 2013 Heroes campaign.

A friend of mine took off walking the first couple of miles from Great Dane onto U.S. Highway 301. Debbie Gleason and her husband were working in the Virgin Islands in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo hit. She saw the devastation and the response from Red Cross and others.

After that, it was a few hours of walking - 16 miles. For safety reasons, I hopped in the Red Cross truck and rode from the ramps on one side of Interstate 16 to just beyond the ramps on the other side.

On the edge of Claxton, Jerry Lane and others from Claxton Poultry were outside their office and had a donation to Red Cross. From there, mayor Luther Royal, Sheriff Randall Tippins and a crowd of others were waiting to walk the last .7 mile to the Budget Inn. That was the scene of a motel fire in September that forced people out of nine of the weekly units. Red Cross helped that night and found food, clothing, and shelter for all.

Tonight, crowds came to Harry's BBQ for dinner as I spent 2 hours waiting tables and taking tips. We ended up serving the baseball teams from Bryan County Middle School and First Presbyterian Christian Academy!!

Thanks to all who made this a great day for American Red Cross by giving them the financial support to help victims in time of disaster.

FRIDAY: We'll start at Smith's Fried Chicken in Reidsville after visiting a little while with the breakfast crowd. From there, we take off for Glennville and the Rusty Pig. I'll spend the afternoon over at DQ with Zuber Malek. I'll be at Rusty Pig during the supper rush.

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