First and foremost, thanks to all that have donated to our Haywood County Flood Relief Fund. You have literally blown away our expectations for what we anticipated receiving, and we don't mean by a little, but a lot! The support we have received for this community to help the Haywood County flood victims has been beyond amazing.
We have been in actively working with a number of local support agencies and churches to assist workers helping victims, and flood victims themselves. We have purchased thousands of dollars of highly needed items for families and workers so far, and continue to work daily with these organizations to help fund their needs with YOUR heart-felt donations.
How you have helped
Beginning shortly after funds began coming in, we reached out to New Covenant Church who is serving has a hub and distribution center for getting supplies out to families and workers. We heard from numerous people how engaged and trusted they were. They also work the Floods of 2004. We immediately began working with them early before many of the other organizations were set-up. They have been awesome, and are making a huge difference in the impacted areas.
We worked with them daily to get the most needed items, and Jenn and I would head out to Sam's, Walmart, Lowe's, and anyone else that would have the supplies we needed to purchase as much as we could.
Purchased and Donated Items
In order to be fully transparent, and allow you to see exactly how your funds are being used, the sections below detail out exactly what we purchased with photos. We want you to be 100% confident your money is being used, and well spent.
Please be aware, that demand and daily needs are changing. Warehouses are filling up, and we do not want to spend the money all at once, so we will be allocating it slowly over time as needed. This is a long term recovery, and we want to be able to help people now and for future needs as well. Money additionally continues to come into our fund.
Here are the dates and items we have purchased and immediately donated thus far. Many of these items went straight into the impact areas immediately after we unloaded them. In fact, some items went straight from our vehicle into transportation trucks to go to Canton and Cruso.
9/13/2021 - Dehumidifiers
Last week, we were notified of a dire need for humidifiers, to help dry people's homes out, as there is a huge mold issue in many homes now. We took your donated funds, went to Lowe's and purchased 20 dehumidifiers at a cost of $199 each, and immediately took them to the Cruso community center.
First, let me say, that this was our first time actually going into the Cruso. We had been dropping supplies off at the outpost in Bethel, to avoid getting in the way of workers and other volunteers. While we've seen pictures, and heard stories, to SEE the devastation first hand, was shocking. We saw cars upside down along the creek banks, debris everywhere, and areas where the water literally just made new paths. Homes just completely gone, trailers, boats, etc etc everywhere. What is shocked is that this is what remains nearly a month later. We just couldn't imagine how bad it must have been the next day. As we drove through, our hearts continued to break for the families impacted.
As we dropped off the dehumidifiers, we learned that there is a waiting list for them, and they are giving them to families that have confirmed they have the most need. We expect to deliver more in the weeks to come, they are just difficult to find now. Thankfully the Lowes in Waynesville had the 20 we needed, and we purchased them all there. Their staff was very helpful, and provided us with a significant discount since they were being donated. We have a new respect for Lowes, and the staff that work there, some of them directly impacted by the flooding themselves.
The staff at the community center was so thankful, and just couldn't believe all of the dehumidifiers we dropped off. As we walked in, they didn't know why we were there, and without question asked us if we needed food for supplies. Jenn and I were both moved to tears by the humility and strength of the Cruso community, and how thankful they were. These folks are definitely #mountainstrong.
Here are photos of the dehumidifiers, not to brag, but to show you that your donated funds are truly being used to help flooding victims:
8/20/2021 - Chamber of Commerce Donations
The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce, and more specifically our friend Teresa Smith, opened up the Chamber offices to allow people to donate items to the flood victims for two days. Many of you brought by supplies, clothing, cash donations and gift cards. We were amazing at just how much you donated - Thank you!
Donated items included: food, cleaning supplies, clothing, shoes, pillows, toys, water, baskets, paper towels, paper plates, glassware, drinks, baby supplies, and much more.
We loaded it all up, and took it to the distribution center on Friday before heading out to Asheville to purchase more items using our donation fun. Here is a photo of just some of the items donated in the Chamber offices.
We'll continue to update you on how we allocate the fund money, so stay tuned! Lots more to come, and again thank you so much for generous donations. We WILL be good stewards of your money.