“RomeGaCares is finally back in Rome/ Floyd! These last few weeks have been extremely impactful. We want to thank you all for supporting our disaster relief efforts in Columbus County. We made some amazing friends and helped a lot of people who desperately needed it- they were so grateful! Way to go Rome/ Floyd and all of our donors, without you none of this would have been possible.”
Some of the dispatches from the RomeGaCares team on Tuesday:
What an amazing afternoon! Columbus County Sheriff’s Office deputies took us to the most affected neighborhoods. The devastation is unreal. Many families were just getting their lives back in order after Hurricane Matthew, and now they are starting over in the wake of Florence. Pray for Carolina!
RomeGaCares morning mission was a success! We’re taking a quick break for lunch and then we’re back out into the neighborhoods. This is the third largest county in NC by landmass- we have a lot of ground to cover. We are very thankful for our friends at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office for escorting us to those who need our supplies the most! #RomeGaCares#FCSO#CCSO#CarolinaStrong
It was a busy day for the RomeGaCares convoy on Monday. It started with loading the donated items into semis (see above) and then the drive from Rome, Ga., to Whiteville, N.C., a seven-hour commute over 440 miles.
On the ground in Columbus County, N.C., are Sheriff Tim Burkhalter with 10 deputies and other volunteers. They’ll help “relieve the Columbus County Sheriff (Lewis Hatcher) and his beleaguered deputies who have been working around-the-clock for three weeks now,” writes Burkhalter. “We will be helping in non-law enforcement roles as support in getting needed supplies delivered.”
It is a familiar job for the RomeGaCares crew, especially after delivering donations and needed relief to hurricane victims last year in Texas and Florida. This year: It’s post-Florence duty in North Carolina.
One thing new this year: The Rome crew is equipped with coolers to pass out YooHoo and other drinks and treats to the kids they encounter while passing flood relief kits to their parents.
Pallets and pallets of bottled water as well as hundreds of relief kits (or funds to fill those kits) were donated during RomeGaCare’s operations behind North Rome Church of God for the past two weeks. The local crew expects to spend today and Wednesday in North Carolina before heading home.