Floridians struggling after Hermine will soon get help from Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Help is on the way from Nashville to Florida residents still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Hermine.

The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort put a truck on the road Tuesday. It’s headed to Perry, Florida, where some homes are in complete ruin.

The people of Perry are dealing with flooding, fallen trees, power outages and debris everywhere.

News 2 spoke with Mike Lewis, the executive director of the relief group, who explained the method they follow to make things as efficient and organized as possible.

Mike Lewis (Photo: WKRN)
Mike Lewis (Photo: WKRN)

“What we do is we pre-pack all these things, so they’re ready to be handed out as they get them,” Lewis explained.

“For instance, we pack a family food box that will feed a family of four for about a week, and this box weighs 60 pounds,” he said. “It has everything in it from non-perishable food to plastic plates, cups, and utensils. It has all the basic things they’re going to need.”

In many cases, these boxes make it to flood victims in their hour of need.

“We’ve seen many people take that box of food. Take it to the curb. Sit down and open it up and start eating because they’re hungry,” Lewis told News 2.

On each truck, there are three hundred boxes of food for families. Lewis says that if a community goes through one load, they’ll keep sending stuff down.

It’s organized and efficient for families dealing with natural disaster.

“But within 20 minutes, we can even pray with them, have them ready to go back home. They don’t have to come into a building and shop around for hours to determine what they need. It’s prepared for them already up front,” Lewis added.

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