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Seeing Hurricane Irma evacuees sleeping in their vehicles, he wanted to do something

Irma evacuees stop to get gas, leave with free lunch

Gas station in Byron welcomed volunteers to grill and hand out free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks to Hurricane Irma evacuees Saturday. The group lead by Randall Fitzgerald plans to return Sunday.
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Gas station in Byron welcomed volunteers to grill and hand out free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks to Hurricane Irma evacuees Saturday. The group lead by Randall Fitzgerald plans to return Sunday.

Randall Fitzgerald, of Warner Robins, saw a need, and moved to meet it.

On Saturday, he and other volunteers passed out free hot dogs to Hurricane Irma evacuees at Sam’s Exxon at 12017 Watson Blvd., located at Exit 146 off Interstate 75.

Fitzgerald noticed people sleeping in vehicles parked at the station and at the nearby Waffle House.

He talked with his dad, and they came up with the idea.

They were initially joined by the Red Hatters Chapter 629530.

“We’re cooking hot dogs and we’ve been giving them out,” Fitzgerald said. “Had a pretty good turn out. People have really been thankful and grateful for us doing that.

“So we just wanted to help out and show that we support the people coming from Florida,” he said.

Then others joined in. A local builder donated water, cokes and other soft drinks.

Other people brought hamburgers and hotdogs.

“The help has just been coming from all over the place,” Fitzgerald said.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser

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