Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members from two states helped the southeastern coastal areas following Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.
From the week ending Sept. 23 through Oct. 28, almost 14,000 volunteers from seven congregations in the Gastonia-Lake Norman area completed 3,354 work orders. They worked alongside the American Red Cross; many other churches and ministries; the Buddhist Kadampa Center of Raleigh; Convoy of Hope and other community organizations; and the Republican Headquarters of North Carolina.
Mooresville residents Jennifer and Charlie Drysdale spent two weeks assisting.
“Jenn and I came away with some wonderful and heart-wrenching experiences,” Charlie is quoted as saying in a press release. “The first weekend we were in an area with many wind-blown trees, where we used saws to assist with structural damage. The other weekend was spent mucking out homes which had been severely flooded. We feel blessed to have been able to help and work alongside so many wonderful volunteers. We know we have made and strengthened many friendships.”
At least 25 truckloads of food and water, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and equipment were delivered to Church-owned buildings converted to command centers.