Churches in the Chattahoochee Valley heading to NC for Florence disaster relief

Churches in the Chattahoochee Valley heading to NC for Florence disaster relief

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - While some are heading to the Carolinas to help deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence, others are looking to get as far away from the storm as possible.

92-year-old Virginia Eaddy says she's happy to be away from the tropical storm in the Carolinas after evacuating from Timmonsville, South Carolina, which is just outside of Florence.

"I feel good to be here because I'm with all my children. All of us are around in safety and I feel very good. I tell other people to be careful. I've been here 92-years and the lord kept me. So I'm trying to teach them to come the way that I come," says Eaddy.

She's now with her daughters who left the city with her to live with a relative in Phenix City, Alabama. They say they're hoping others are safe during this time.

"I pray that everything is safer than what it looks. I'm thinking about the others. My heart goes out to them as well," says Yvonne Davis.

While they're fleeing the storm, some churches in the area are heading there to offer aid and disaster relief.

"We're taking 2,400 meals and as much water as we can get on the truck. I'm going to guess 1,500 or 2,000 bottles of water," says local pastor Ed Grifinhagen.

M2540, My Church of Columbus, and Woodland Baptist Church are partnering with Samaritan's Purse to send a disaster relief team to set up base camps in churches for those in the hardest hit areas.

One local volunteer, Clayton Durham says, "they're being totally uprooted, and they may not have a family to run to. They may not have money for hotels. I think it's very important that we show our support."

They say they're on standby as of Friday, Sept.14 and will be hitting the road no later than Sunday or Monday.

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