MACON, GA. – It has now been three days since residents of Crystal Lake Apartment in Macon were forced to evacuate – and they still can not go home from Sunday. In turn, churches, non-profit organizations and hotels are working to protect families.
Cheryl Gibbs lives in Crystal Lake and says this week has been stressful.
"Living without electricity is difficult – I can not even begin to describe it – it was very uncomfortable," Gibbs said.
St. Luke's Baptist Church opened on Sunday morning and Gibbs jumped on the occasion. The church invited evacuees to lunch on Sunday.
"The feeling of what we experienced last week is a positive feeling," she said.
Senior pastor Jarvis Adside said that when disaster strikes at home, the church should be there.
"We certainly wanted to be what we were supposed to be and it was the church, which helps those in need," he said.
And the good deeds did not stop there.
Church member Sonja Miller said when she was picking up provisions for the evacuee's lunch Saturday, an unexpected event occurred.
"I was going to the door and the person at the daycare at Walmart told me that she did not want me to pay for the goods," she said. "And that she wanted to pay for those purchases herself."
Miller said that she did not even know her name, but this act of kindness from a stranger was surprising.
Hotel organizer Sheknita Davis said it was a collective effort to keep a roof over the head of this group.
"At the moment we are going to cover the rooms, about 16 adults and about 25 children," she said. "We take care of it until Monday."
Davis said that up to now, the total bill was just under $ 3,000, but everything was covered by donations.
She added that they would continue to accept funds. Thus, when residents return to their apartments, their food can be replaced without any power.