Almost any visit to Tattnall County is a good one (except when it involves crime or sad news), but today was great!
Reidsville mayor Eddie Rewis and the city hall staff joined me to walk through downtown. We stopped at Nellie Jack and visited with the breakfast and coffee regulars, then Optum Medical before heading 15 miles to Glennvile.
At the city limits, Mayor Chris Roessler met me and the American Red Cross truck and walked the last couple of miles into downtown. Before that, we stopped at Rotary Corporation and the mayor's co-workers were waiting with a large poster (or small banner) and a donation to the drive.
After that, I went to DQ and owner Zuber Malek let me set up camp there. I took turns editing stories for the afternoon newscasts and talking with folks who dropped by to donate to the Red Cross.
From there, the Red Cross team headed to The Rusty Pig. I waited tables for 2 1/2 hours and helped the staff that included Michelle, Maria, Aubrey, Audrey, Cole, Austin, and "Grandma"..just to name a few. They and the customers could not have been nicer.
SATURDAY: My daughter joins me on the road tomorrow for a stage. We'll start at Bevricks in Metter and walk to Cobbtown and the Westside Foods, which burned down just a few months ago. That Thursday night and Friday morning, Red Cross volunteers and staff were there to support firefighters and assist the owners.
From there, it will be another night bussing tables. This time at Benton Lee's!!! The legendary steakhouse burned down in 2006 and Red Cross teams were there too.
Hope to see you at any one of the stages. If not, you can donate to the American Red Cross' Southeast Georgia disaster teams by clicking on the poster with my picture on the WTOC home page.
Monies raised through this 7 day, 96 mile walk will go to the disaster teams so they can provide short term food, clothing, and shelter to disaster victims.
Friday, May 24 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:57:32 GMT
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