NBC4 held the Day of Giving on outside of our studio on Olentangy River Road on Tuesday where dozens donated supplies to victims of Hurricane Florence.
Donations were collected donations from 8am to 6:30pm NBC 4’s Elyse Chengery spoke to many of our viewers who said they wanted to help as many victims as possible.
Joey Cohen and his girlfriend, Erin Young, said it really hits home because Erin has family members who live in Wilmington, N.C.
“I think just being able to collect a lot of stuff from a bunch of different people even if you get to help one person down there that means the world to me,” Joey Cohen said.
“My mom, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle are very fortunate their house isn’t under water, but they’ve been pumping water out of the lower level of their house. I know a lot of people who have lost a lot of things,” Erin Young said.
The Gillion’s, who stopped by to donate, are from North Carolina.
“It’s really heartbreaking when you turn the TV off and see the devastation. We have family there. In fact, we were just in North Carolina … just before the storm hit so it was really touching for us to see the devastation. It’s really emotional and it really means a lot to provide a donation to those effected by the storm,” the Gillion’s said.
Cathy Cole and Cindy Simon raised $265 to purchase items for the victims and then dropped off so many bags that they filled Cole’s entire SUV.
“Whatever we could buy. Because they need it because they need the help and I’m thankful we can help them,” Cole said.
Young and others said it’s important to help people in need.
“It’s community, it’s country and you know everyone needs a little bit of help in times like these,” Young said.
Jane Koesters said: “Every little bit helps so and it’s just what we should do help each other.”