Red Cross shelter overwhelmed by community support

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Hundreds of people are staying in Red Cross shelters across the East in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. But those numbers are slowly dwindling.

“A lot of roads have opened up so they’re going back home to assess the situation with their house,” explained James Lewis, the Red Cross shelter manager at E. B. Aycock Middle School in Greenville. “It’s good the numbers are going down instead of going up.”

The numbers may be going down, but support from the community isn’t. Donations have been pouring in since the shelter opened

“The community has really stepped up and provided enough donations to the point they can actually give themselves a pat on the back for helping within the community,” said Lewis.

And it means the world to people like Brianna Flores who’s been staying in the shelter since Sunday.

“It’s sometimes a little overwhelming because you realize that you’re in need of the stuff that you already had before,” said Flores. “But at the same time it shows how we can all work together.”

Her family’s Princeville home is likely a total loss.

“Our homes have been completely destroyed,” said Flores. “The waters are in them. We have nothing left.”

Nothing left but each other.

“We just gotta stay strong in our faith and keep families together,” added Flores. “Even if we get overwhelmed, we have to continue to work together and just move one step at a time.”

Flores, like many others, has a long road to recovery. But at least they all have an entire community backing them.


WNCT has teamed up with the Red Cross to collect donations for local Hurricane Matthew victims.


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