AID ARRIVED QUICKLY BY AIR

Maxton was an island after the storm passed, and the water was shut off, he said. Trucks were not able to enter the town to restock or deliver needed items.

A plane was sent to fly around the city and airport to find out firsthand the severity of the supply shortage in Maxton, he said. Once confirmed, supplies were sent to the town immediately.

… The operation has now been taken over by organizations such as A Just Florence Recovery Network, Mutual Aid Disaster Distribution, Carolina Cavalry and Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. Members of these organizations now will use roads and highways to move donated supplies to distribution centers.

More than 68,000 pounds of supplies were brought in 145 flights to Lumberton

… “We are passionate about people. We believe in the unity of the community,” said Angelina Phillips, the wife of Queheel Fire Chief Shawn Phillips. “I don’t know how Kimberly found me. God sent us an angel. She was a blessing from God. The hope was restored.”

The work is not over, she said.

“We’ve been working around the clock. We normally get home at about 3 a.m. and we’re at it at 7 a.m.,” she said. “The love is what keeps us going. You gotta have it.

“How can you go to sleep, if you have a heart, seeing little children and people hungry? And others have nothing.”

Chief Phillips shared the same sentiment as his wife, while praising the efforts of churches in the community.

“We’ve been at this since Day 1. It’s been a team effort. We were blessed to have a place to lay our heads, some people didn’t,” the chief said.

Via Annick Joseph @ The Robesonian


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