Hundreds of utility linemen and tree service workers from out of town will get a free, warm dinner and sack lunch if a small group of Lowcountry women get their way.
The idea came up quickly and was being organized online earlier this week.
By Thursday evening, they fed hundreds of men at the Holiday Inn Express in Bluffton, with several more now motel locations now set up. Some of the men didn’t get in until 11 p.m.
“It’s five or six of us — people I have not even met,” Jennie Krogulski said of the organizers.
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“None of us have a ton of money, especially after the long evacuation,” she said. “But many hands make light work and less expense.”
They’re looking for volunteers to make enough food to serve 25 people, including people who can do the cooking but cannot afford to buy the food. They also want help in baking cookies and putting together sack lunches. They need food and money.
“We also have someone reaching out to churches to make sack lunches,” Krogulski said. “It’s a massive community undertaking, and I’m a little concerned we don’t have enough help.”
They also want to do laundry for the out-of-town workers. They call it “Laundry for Linemen.”
It is being organized online by way of the Facebook page “Bluffton/Hilton Head Ask and Answer” or Jennie Krogulski’s Facebook page. Organizers have set up Meal Train web sites where donors can sign up for specific help at each serving location.
“These men are here to help us so we want to help them,” Krogulski said. “They are working 12-hour days, leaving before the motel breakfast is set up and coming back late.
“Physically, we are not able to cut trees or fix houses, but we can do this.”
Meal Train sites are as follows: