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Updated: 09/11/2017 06:28:04PM

Shelter evacuees focus on kindness

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SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

Volunteers give evacuees a lunch of chicken strips and vegetables on Sunday as they awaited Hurricane Irma. The school was meant to hold 2,000 people and ended up holding 3,000, according to officials.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

A line snakes around the Heron Creek Middle School cafeteria as volunteers prepare to serve meals to 2,000 people. A hot lunch and a cold dinner was given as evacuees were not allowed to leave their rooms in the afternoon.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

A line snakes around the Heron Creek Middle School cafeteria as volunteers prepare to serve meals to 2,000 people. A hot lunch and a cold dinner was given as evacuees were not allowed to leave their rooms in the afternoon.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

Volunteers give evacuees a lunch of chicken strips and vegetables on Sunday as they awaited Hurricane Irma. The school was meant to hold 2,000 people and ended up holding 3,000, according to officials.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

Rotonda West residents Frank and Sally Nauratil play Sequence as they spend their Sunday in the Heron Creek Middle School gymnasium. Many families and couples broke out board games as they were not allowed to leave their space due to the impending storm.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CITY OF NORTH PORT

Damage in North Port after Hurricane Irma. Most of the damage throughout the city was bent street signs and flooded roads.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CITY OF NORTH PORT

Damage in North Port after Hurricane Irma. Most of the damage throughout the city was bent street signs and flooded roads.

SUN PHOTO BY LAUREN COFFEY

Carlee Englert, 8, and Freddy Jenkins play a travel version of Clue to try and pass the time in the shelter gymnasium. The two North Port residents met while seated next to each other after Jenkins offered a bottle of water.

BY LAUREN COFFEY

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Amongst the granola bars, tattered blankets and lawn chairs, hurricane shelter evacuees found another common ground: kindness.

Port Charlotte resident Jackie Hammett arrived to Heron Creek Middle School on Saturday night and assumed everyone would keep to their own space and belongings.

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