ATLANTA - Help is on the way to communities hit by Hurricane Florence and days of flooding. This week we asked YOU to donate to our Convoy of Care and you answered the call in a BIG way.
For that, we say a big THANK YOU!
For two days people across the metro area responded to our call as we activated the Convoy of Care once again.
Supplies came from viewers, listeners and readers of Channel 2 Action News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, News 95.5 AM 750 WSB, B98.5, KISS 104.1 and 97.1 FM, as we partnered with Caring for Others to fill a total of 12 tractor-trailers stationed at WSB-TV and at the Caring for Others' warehouse, with bottled water, diapers and household cleaning supplies to help Hurricane Florence survivors in the Carolinas.
Eight of those trucks left Atlanta on Friday morning for North Carolina.
Shortly after 7 p.m., Channel 2’s Tony Thomas, who traveled with the caravan of trucks, said they had just arrived in Lumberton, North Carolina, where they started unloading the supplies to those in need.
“We have household goods, we have clothing, we have rain boots, we have shoes, we have all the products that someone would want to start their lives all over,” said Eslene Richmond Shockley, with Caring for Others.
Thomas said as they made their way closer to Lumberton, the effects of Florence became more and more prevalent.
Rivers along the interstate were almost touching the bottom of bridges and the convoy started running into roads that were closed because they were still flooded out.
The trucks were expected to travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, right in the middle of the hurricane zone, arriving later Friday night.
More trucks loaded with your donations will be leaving for North Carolina in the next few days.
“We cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to our WSB-TV viewers, B98.5, KISS104, 97.1 The River, WSB radio listeners and Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers for the supplies you donated to our neighbors in need in the Carolinas,” said Condace Pressley, WSB-TV Director of Community Affairs. “You didn’t just give, you gave BIG! You filled 12 tractor-trailer rigs with bottled water, diapers and cleaning supplies to help families in communities devastated by Hurricane Florence.”
We also would like to thank our partners who also donated their services to make this effort a success. They are:
- Atlanta Peach Movers
- Georgia Motor Trucking Association
- Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
- National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives
- Georgia Sheriff’s Association
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