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Candler Co. soup kitchen prep to aid weather victims

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CANDLER CO., GA (WTOC) -

Several hundred families in Candler County remain without power as of Friday.

Excelsior EMC is reporting about a 1,000 customers without power Friday night. It could be that way until at least Saturday.

One organization is opening its doors to help those who may need a warm meal or place to stay while the power is still out.

A Candler area soup kitchen is stepping up to fulfill a need.

They said they wanted to help the community sooner, but they like so many others, their power was knocked out. As of Friday, their power is back on and they're ready to help in any way they can.

Chili's on the stove and sticky buns are on the way. The Candler County Soup kitchen is ready to warm the hearts and bellies of those still affected by this week's winter weather.

"You never really realize how much you count on the power for cooking eating - lights everything - and without it you're lost," said Leslie Frank, kitchen manager.

The soup kitchen is normally open on Saturdays and Sundays, but knowing that there are still hundreds without power in the county.

The organization is prepared to open early at any request.

"We're here in any way we can be of service anyway we can help. We have food available. We have groceries available we have limited clothing and blankets if they need them," said Rev. Dr. Ernest Frank, executive director of the Candler County soup kitchen.

On a normal weekend, the soup kitchen feeds about 300 to 400 people, but given that so many Candler County residents are still without electricity they are expected to serve twice that many people.  

"Every day you're so used to it. You take it for granted and then when you don't have it. So we're here for them. Anybody [who] needs it, we're here," Frank said.

The soup kitchen is located at 201 S. Leroy St. in Metter. Rev. Ernest Frank can be reached at 912.685.3858.

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