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9/9/05-Athens

Volunteers Working Tirelessly For Evacuees, Says Athens Camp

  Whether or not folks like the fact that evacuees are staying at a campsite in Athens, officials with the camp say the work of volunteers there shouldn't be overshadowed. Around 100 evacuees from Louisiana are currently staying at the Christian Youth Foundation campgrounds. It's argued the environment is not the best place for evacuees to stay. Today, we spoke with the organization that runs the camp, the Northeast Area of the Christian Church. Dr. C. Philip Chacko says volunteers there are working tirelessly, day and night, to make the stay there for evacuees as comfortable as possible. He says it's their acts of kindness everyone should be focused on. "Because it was the [Henderson County Judge David Holstein's] decision, still the church people wanted to do the very best for them. "We are willing to do anything to offer our facilities. It is not the best facility, it is a retreat center. But the people are the best. And also I want you to know that we've been preaching all these years and teaching them to accept all people as they are and they are color blind," says Dr. Chacko. Dr. Chacko says the other side of the camp on Highway 31 has closed-in, air-conditioned dorms. He says he's trying to get in contact with Henderson County to see if they're interested in moving evacuees there instead.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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