Sugar Refinery Workers Sign Quilts for Burn Victims

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - It was easy to see at today's sugar refinery meeting that the people who work there are more than just coworkers, they're family.

It's a family that is now closer than ever and one that Debbie Cox is a part of.

"My husband has been there 31 years," said Cox. "This is our family and it's time for everybody to step up to the plate and this was the only thing I knew to do."

At 9am she bought some fabric and started piecing together small quilts. She is making one for every burn victim hospitalized in Augusta. These are very personal quilts, with a personal message.

"We had everybody who came today, all the employees, anybody who wanted to sign them so they would have a little something from home," she said.

Cox and some other women at the Guyton Methodist Church will finish them. They are symbols of their love to those who so desperately need it.

"They are all alone right now and they need support," said Cox. "They need to know even though we call and talk to the family, they need to know we are here, their coworkers, people in the community, now they can see their names and know they do care."

Another member of the sugar refinery family made red and blue ribbons for workers to wear on their lapels. They wear them with pride.

While they are still grieving for those who were hurt or killed, this family remains hopeful. They said any outside support they get, whether it be from the politicians who attended today's meeting or strangers on the street, it all means the world.

"It was wonderful," said Cox. "We need all the support we can get and they needed to see we are a family and we are going to stick together no matter what."

She said that's what being a family is all about.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter,