When Hurricane Florence devastated the East Coast last month, many North and South Carolina citizens found themselves evacuating from their houses to head to safety. The storm dropped more than 30 inches of rain throughout the region and resulted in an upwards of $18 billion in damage. With the thousands of people who lost their homes and loved ones in the aftermath, Lighthouse Movers knew that they had to do something about it.
The outcomes of hurricanes are incredibly scary, and often leave victims without sources of food or water. To aid those who needed help, The Jacksonville, FL moving company decided to team up with their local TV station news department to get the word out. The goal? Deliver as many cases of water as possible to a pair of Harvest Hope Food Bank locations in South Carolina. The Sheffield family of Lighthouse Movers felt it was the perfect way to give back to those who helped their own community after Hurricane Irma in 2017.
"It feels great to be able to do the same thing that people did for us," Alex Sheffield told Action News Jax. "It's a great thing."
To say that their hurricane relief effort was successful would be an understatement. In fact, it was incredible! Not one, but four 26' box trucks were completely filled with a whopping 57,750 pounds of bottled water. The trucks made the northern voyage to South Carolina with a Lighthouse Movers team member behind each steering wheel. Access to clean water is so important in times like these, and it will surely help all those affected by the hurricane.
More than 687,000 people in South Carolina, including 1 in 6 children, were food insecure before the storm hit. Those numbers are almost certainly higher after Hurricane Florence. Thank you so much to Lighthouse Movers for taking the time to make a positive difference in so many lives. Having you on our team in the fight against hunger is an honor!
Want to help out in your community? Host a food drive!