VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – An outpouring of support for residents in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence helped to fill five tractor-trailers full of supplies in just four days.
US106.1 and Atlantic Heating and Cooling teamed up for the supply drive at the Market Square Shopping Center on Virginia Beach Boulevard.
On Monday, a steady stream of cars flooded the parking lot with water, canned goods, hygiene products and other non-perishables.
“We were so lucky that we did not get this and I want to make sure that we all show that, step up and do our part,” said Jeanette Robinson, who donated two boxes of diapers.
Emily Arthur, an on-air personality at US106.1, says their initial goal was to fill one 48-foot truck. They completed that task by Saturday afternoon.
Arthur says it’s been rewarding to see the community give back to their neighbors in North Carolina. She says one woman who evacuated to Virginia Beach stopped by the supply drive on Saturday.
“[Her] house is up to the second floor in water,” said Arthur. “Seeing her so emotional and feeling like she has support from people who have no idea who she is, it means the world to us.”
The five tractor-trailers and a sixth truck carrying clothes, toys and other items will be delivered to North Carolina early Tuesday morning. The trucks will be delivered to the Food Bank of Central and Northeastern North Carolina.