VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – As coastal communities in North Carolina continue to be inundated with rain, people in Hampton Roads are stepping up to offer support in the form of supplies.
Atlantic Heating & Cooling and county radio station US 106.1 have teamed up to fill a 48-foot tractor-trailer with water, canned goods, pet food, paper products, hygiene items and other non-perishables. The items will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Northeastern North Carolina.
“It literally could have been us,” said Dana Barker, who showed up early Saturday morning to donate several cases of water. “I feel like they are our neighbor and I would want someone to do the same for us.”
The truck is parked in the Market Square Shopping Center on Virginia Beach Boulevard, near Lynnhaven Parkway, near the Hobby Lobby and OneLife Fitness.
“I think just about everybody in Hampton Roads has some great relationship or some part of their heart is in North Carolina. We feel that,” said Allen Fabijan, with US 106.1. “We wanted to make sure this truck went right to where people needed it.”
Aimee Rose stopped by with her two kids to drop off supplies she bought earlier in the week and never used.
Rose says it’s still too early to know how badly her friend’s home was affected along the coast, but she didn’t want to wait any longer to start helping.
“We sincerely got lucky, but just because we got lucky does not mean we can’t help someone that got hit harder than we did,” said Rose.
Donations will be collected from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The truck will leave Monday night bound for either Raleigh or Greenville.