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Residents of the Somerby senior home of Mount Pleasant, SC received the sweetest welcome in Fairburn, Georgia.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 14, 2018

As Hurricane Florence continues to pound the Southeast Coast, mandatory evacuations have been called for in Virginia and the Carolinas. This announcement is scary for all of those in these regions, but perhaps even more so for the elderly, some of whom have limited physical mobility.

On Wednesday, the Fairburn Police Department wanted to make sure a group of around 100 senior citizens from Somerby of Mount Pleasant, a senior living facility in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, felt welcome when they arrived at their hotel in Fairburn, Georgia.

At the Wingate hotel, the evacuees were greeted with a heartwarming note from the Fairburn Police Department. "Welcome to Fairburn," it began. "We know you've already been through and have a lot more to go through before it's all over. We want to help in any way we can." Then, the police department shared that they would be running a free daily shuttle to a local grocery store, Family Dollar, CVS Pharmacy, or any restaurant or church in town.

If you live in the area, the Police Department is looking to collect donations like personal care items and board games for their new honorary residents as they ride out the hurricane. Donations can be left at the front desk of the Wingate hotel or at any city building. Read the full Facebook post below.

#Fairburn Can you help our new senior citizen friends? We have a group of hurricane #Florence evacuees staying at the...

Posted by Fairburn Police Department on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Hazel Patterson, general manager of Somerby of Mount Pleasant, said of Fariburn's touching efforts on WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, “we made a couple of phone calls. The chief of police. Everybody pulled together: The churches, the bishop. I mean if we said ‘thank you’ a thousand times, it wouldn’t even hit the surface to be enough to say ‘thank you.'"