The Savannah community lines up for a raffle for hurricane buckets


SAVANNAH, Georgia (WTOC) – Now is the time to prepare for hurricane season. Saturday marked the second day of the WTOC’s hurricane bucket giveaway in the Savannah Economic Opportunity Authority parking lot.

In addition to the 500 buckets given out on Wednesday, another thousand were given out on Saturday.

“I left home at 3:45 this morning,” said hurricane bucket recipient Annie Lee.

Car after car after car lined up with people longing for a bright orange bucket.

“It means a lot to me because I can just get out of here and wait and wait and then I’ll get a good bucket, a basket. I get good stuff so I thank God for it, â€Lee said.

Each bucket contained emergency supplies, from a first aid kit and flashlight to waterproof accessories and equipment.

“How can we make sure that hurricane season will be a little easier for them? And we thought let’s give away emergency supplies, â€said Chelsea Sawyer of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

WTOC has teamed up with CEMA, the Economic Opportunity Authority, Home Depot and International Paper for the competition on Saturday.

“Lots of people have had lots of financial constraints, so giving back is best for us,” said Shea Sanders, assistant manager at Home Depot.

About 50 volunteers, including the WTOC First Alert Weather Team, loaded the cars. Some even made a few trains for the passing cars.

Many of the groups involved say they know these hurricane buckets will make a huge difference to the recipients.

“In the event it does, and we pray it doesn’t, they will be prepared and ready if it does. You could do a lot with it. It’s not just for the hurricane. There are many other things you can do with this bucket, â€said Terry Tolbert, interim executive director of the Economic Opportunity Authority.

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