ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The wind and rain may have stopped in the Carolinas but the clean-up is just beginning.
Hurricane Florence slammed into the East Coast last week leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake and as people are picking up the pieces of their lives, one couple is collecting donations to take back with them. Annette Kendall and her husband are originally from Zanesville but retired to North Carolina a few years ago. When Florence struck, they evacuated back to Zanesville and are now partnering with local churches and community members to gather supplies and ask for donations to take back with them. Kendall says anything they can take back will help.
“It’s not going to solve anything permanently but it will show them the love that comes from all over the country,” said Kendall. “Already we have linemen and tree trimmers and people down there in the area from all over the United States.”
Ann Combs from the Muskingum County Convention and Facilities Authority said they will be helping to collect donations at the old Ohio power building next to the Senior Center downtown. She said any donations of water, nonperishable food items, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies are much needed.
“Anything that you can think of with some common sense that will be able to help those individuals to begin the clean-up process and to start to get back up on their feet as they face this horrible tragedy,” said Combs.
If you would like to make a donation, Kendall said they will be collecting items from 12 until 4 at the old Ohio power building on lower 4th Street on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.