Volunteers from Louisville pubs leave for Alabama

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Much of Alabama and the south continues to be in a state of chaos, but a small army from Louisville left for Alabama over the weekend to help clean up and rebuild the state that was battered by storms.

More than 80 staffers from O'Shea's left Louisville Sunday night on a mission to make a difference.

The bartenders, servers, managers, and hosts are used to cleaning up, but not the kind of mess they'll find when they get there. They'll be working with the Christian Appalachian Project disaster relief team. That team is already on the ground in Marshall County, Alabama.

"I thought it was wonderful. It is great, and I'm so grateful to be able to go and help the people that need help," server Ernestine Hayden said.

O'Shea's is shutting down three of its four restaurants for two days to send its team on a mission to serve up hope and help.

"We're closing down so we can go down and help all those that have lost their homes, drinking water; they've lost food, family and friends, we're going down to help out," Skip Powell with O'Shea's said.

The O'Shea family is paying for the trip expenses.

"It's not about losing money. It's about being in a position where we can help out," Powell said.

The volunteers plan to get there by 3 a.m. Monday morning and get right to work. They'll be back Wednesday morning in time to re-open the restaurants. In the meantime, a small crew is staying behind to keep the new Patrick O'Shea's downtown open.

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