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A local organization is helping Hurricane Michael victims in a big way

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Published: Dec. 21, 2018 at 12:09 PM CST
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Volunteers from a neighboring county are lending their time and talents to help Hurricane Michael victims.

The Sonder Project is a non-profit formed out of Walton County. Sonder Project volunteers like Jeremy Sprenkle are busy helping Hurricane Michael victims pick up the pieces.

"We came over the first day after the storm and we are going to be here long after, it just seemed like the right thing to do," Spernkle said.

They have done everything from tarping roofs to cleaning up debris and removing trees, and they do this all for free.

Right now they are helping rebuild three homes, one is for a single mom, Celissia Odom. She rode out the hurricane in her home with her five-year-old son, Cameron.

"While we were here the roof came off of the house, and we ended up having to run to a neighbor's house and while being at their house, their roof came off and we had to run to another neighbor's house and that's where we stayed until it was over," Odom said.

Thanks to social media, she found the Sonder Project. She was devastated by the hurricane, her home was ruined, but thanks to volunteers she's getting a second chance.

The group has helped 180 homeowners so far.

"Initially, we were bringing out water, diapers and things people needed. now, it's switched more to recovery," volunteer, Jeff Archer said.

Walton County escaped damage during the storm and volunteers say they are happy to help out their neighbors.

"The first time I came over, it kind of grabbed me that this so easily could have been us," Archer said.

The organization will continue to bring hope to people that need it the most.