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Volunteers give out donated items Monday to those in need after Hurricane Irma at Coastal Area Community Action Authority in Brunswick.

Provided photo/CACAA Inc.

Local residents and various organizations this past weekend assisted with unloading three truck loads of disaster relief items that came in from Madison in Dane County, Wis., to the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority.

Tres Hamilton, CEO of Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, said Monday the outpouring of support came by way of Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club in Dane County.

Johnson is part of a group called Selfless Ambition, a nonprofit community organization in Dane County made up of religious leaders who get together to make a difference in the community.

“They did a relief effort in Texas and knowing the storm was headed to Glynn County, they contacted me,” Hamilton said. “They put a call out to businesses and to residents.”

Members of the group drove more than 1,700 miles, across six states and more than 20 hours one way to deliver the hurricane relief items to Florida and then to Georgia, according information provided by the action authority.

The action authority partnered with Brunswick Neighborhood Revitalization Manager Shauntia Lewis to gather volunteers to unload the massive amount of supplies.

Members of The Chapel Ministries, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, #LoveBrunswick, the Brunswick Job Corps Center and Women’s Voices of Glynn County were among the more than 75 volunteers who helped unload the trucks filled with food, baby diapers, cleaning supplies, household items, toiletries, dog food and other items.

More than 30 Job Corps students also pitched in to help with storm cleanup in Windsor Park.

Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey, Brunswick Commissioner Felicia Harris and Glynn County Commissioner Allen Booker were also there working alongside all of the volunteers in the multiple assembly lines.

Hamilton said the items will be inventoried in preparation for distribution at First Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A town hall meeting in collaboration with Booker and First Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church to provide information on where people can get assistance and services. The donated items will be distributed at that time to those in need.

Booker said the Rev. John Fields of First Jordan Grove asked him to come out and share information with his Bible study group. Booker took it a step further and invited county officials and representatives of the federal and Georgia emergency management agencies to attend the town hall meeting to make presentations and answer questions.

“We are so grateful to Selfless Ambition from Madison, Wisconsin, for making this happen for us,” Hamilton said Monday. “Our agency is just getting back up to 100 percent today. At times like this, we realize state and federal assistance resources are limited so we want our community to step up. At Coastal, we’re here to work with all the families as they move towards getting back to normal.”

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