By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Businesses and citizens from Franklin County celebrate Memorial Day by giving.
Late Friday, an 18-wheeler pulled out of the Carnesville Fire Station carrying over 4,000 lbs of food and supplies destined for tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.
Organized by firefighter Nick Clark, the truck was filled with donations that came not only from area residents and businesses, but from as far away as Pelzer, SC.
Clark said he was contacted by the owner of Bargain Foods in Pelzer who heard about the collection effort by the Franklin County Firefighters Association.
He said they thought they were going to Pelzer to pick up 10 pallets of donated food and supplies, but got a big surprise when they got there.
“They went over there and came back with 22 pallets,” Clark said Sunday. “While they were there the store employees collected another $1,000 in cash donations.”
Also, on Friday, the Northeast Georgia Food Bank in Athens donated about eight pallets of food and Clark said another $1,300 in donations was collected from citizens stopping by the Carnesville fire station Friday and Friday night.
“The rest of the trailer was what everybody else brought,” Clark said. “They were still collecting donations right up until the driver pulled out.”
Additionally, Clark said just before the truck pulled out, firefighters took the extra money donated Friday to the nearby Dollar General and cleaned out their baby supply section.