Liberty County Minority Chamber CEO Sabrina Newby headed to Camilla on Friday to donate goods to the devastated city. Camilla is one of the Southwest Georgia cities hit hard by Hurricane Michael last week.
“We’re working in a partnership with the city and don’t want the people to feel forgotten,” Newby said. “You have these people in forgotten areas that are poor people.”
Newby partnered with Stanley Highsmith of the Highsmith Foundation, and Vice Chair Donnie Daughtry to aid the victims of the hurricane. Newby is from Louisiana and witnessed the devastation of both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita and knew she needed to help.
“They’re in need of quite a few things,” Newby said. “Rural counties need help.”
The LCMC collected water, toiletries, clothes and other necessities before packing up a truck and delivering the items. James McIntosh of the homeless coalition donated an abundance of clothes for people to have at least one week worth of clothes.
“We can’t help everybody, unfortunately we don’t have enough man power to assist everyone,” Newby said. She added that simply helping others, especially those in poor, rural areas, seems to have become politicized in today’s polarized America.
The Liberty County Emergency Management Agency is also helping hurricane victims in Southwest Georgia. Liberty-EMA has extended its deadline to turn in donations of supplies to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.
These fellow Georgians are still in need of water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, tarps, personal hygiene products and youth and adult diapers.
Drop off supplies from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. now through next Wednesday at the Liberty-EMA office at 100 Liberty Street, in Hinesville. Please check in with an EMA staffer before leaving supplies.