Alabama couple fires up the grill to fill up Florida evacuees

An Alabama couple is helping feed evacuees from Hurricane Irma at a rest stop along Interstate 10.
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FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WTHR) - As thousands of Floridians flee Hurricane Irma's path for higher, drier land, one Alabama community is helping keep them fed on the road to safety.

Residents of Fairhope, Alabama, set up a tent at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 10 and started cooking hot dogs for the road-weary travelers.

"It ain't in their budget for what they're having to do right now. These restaurants are gonna be packed. Just seemed like the thing to do," Robert Clark told WPMI-TV.

Clark and his wife, Lori, say they have already fed hundreds of people, including Jeanne Murray and her family, who have spent 15 hours in the car since leaving their home in Port Charlotte on Florida's Gulf Coast. The drive should take about eight hours.

"I think we have like six more hours to go," Murray said.

In addition to the hot dogs, volunteers are handing out snacks and water at no cost to the travelers.

"It makes you feel good but we're all supposed to help each other. Unfortunately, sometimes it's only during a storm. But we just want people to know we're thinking about them and care about them," Lori Clark said.

The Clarks tell WPMI they'll be serving as long as they can afford to keep buying, cooking and providing hot dogs to those in need.

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