COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Volunteers from Rock City Church and the American Red Cross are working with NBC4 for the Day of Giving on Tuesday, taking supplies and monetary donations to assist people affected by Hurricane Florence.
More than 100 volunteers from Rock City Church were expected to help throughout the day. Katie Fisher of Rock City said they were “working to make sure that folks affected by Hurricane Florence know that the city of Columbus loves them.”
Volunteers collected cleaning supplies, cases of bottled water and nonperishable food items.
“They’re just getting into the assessment of what the damage is from the hurricane, and we want to make sure when they’re ready to go back home, that they have a kit ready to go, ready to start the cleanup efforts,” Fisher said.
She added, “Anything that would absorb water, like clothing, we’re not accepting today, just because it’s not an essential for the cleanup efforts.”
Among the people dropping off donations Wednesday was William Cochran, who is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. His parents, he said, still live there.
“For them, they were nice, fine, but for relatives north in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach, [they] had some wind, rain, flooding, power outages,” Cochran said.
He dropped off cleaning supplies, as a way to contribute and help out from 11 hours away.
“Bleach, scrub brushes, paper towels, toilet paper, stuff like that to help them out cleaning the house or whatever it’ll take,” Cochran said.
Donations can be dropped off outside NBC4 at 3165 Olentangy River Road in Columbus until 6:30pm.