Lending a helping hand

Published 11:26 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Residents of Charlotte County are helping residents of Texas in their recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey brought massive flooding and destruction to many parts of Texas, resulting in thousands of destroyed homes and business, displacing many.

Members and friends of Ontario Christian Church came together Saturday to collect donations at Food Lion in Keysville.

According to church member Betty Mottley, all supplies collected will be taken to Gleaning for the World in Concord for delivery.

“We’re probably going to end up doing it again for Florida too,” said Cindy Phillips, a member of the church, referring to Hurricane Irma.

In addition to groups helping to raise money for recovery efforts, individuals have pitched in to contribute as well.

Drakes Branch residents Safford and Charlene Breedlove recently purchased 25 cases of water to donate to Gleaning for the World.

Charlene said they purchased 624 bottles of water at Walmart in Appomattox. “Then we took it to Concord to Gleaning for the World,” she said.

While several members of the community are helping to raise money for for the state, one group of volunteers made the journey to Texas to help out.

“A couple of employees and I just decided to go out of the blue,” said Pamplin resident Chris Smith. “The journey was a long ride. We stayed in nice hotels (where people were) extremely nice to us.”

Smith said during their time in Texas, the group delivered 40 bags of dog food along with a pallet and a half loaded with diapers.

“Everyone was actually in good spirits while we were there and the trip was worthwhile, even though it was over 1,300 miles one way,” he said.