NEWBERRY — “I’ve got to help them out. I have to do something. I have to remember where I came from,” said Robin King, a resident who plans to travel to North Carolina to deliver much needed materials to the victims of Hurricane Matthew this weekend.
Originally from Chicago, King lived in Lumberton, N.C., where her family currently resides, before deciding to move to Newberry.
Lumberton is one of the many areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. As people begin rebuilding their lives, many are without daily necessities.
“One of the things I love about Newberry is that they’re very into remembering where you came from. Everybody is constantly celebrating Newberry. So when this happened to the community where my mom is from, the first thing you think is ‘I have to help them out.’”
King plans on taking her children with her to North Carolina so they can see what has been going on since the hurricane hit. King hopes this will teach them valuable lessons of always being there for people and helping the community.
“By bringing them, they will learn to always help family, the community and to always be there for each other, because at the end of the day all we have is each other,” she said.
King plans to make stops primarily in Robeson County, which consists of Lumberton, Pembroke, Rowland and also the Red Springs area.
Right now, King is determining which area needs help the most and what they need. She hopes to get in contact with local churches to see if they can provide assistance.
King was notified that the Red Springs area did not receive as much help as other surrounding counties, so she decided to add Red Springs as one of her stopping points.
King plans to take toiletries, diapers, clothes, bedding, storage materials, such as Tupperware, cleaning supplies that are safe to use around children and pets, canned foods and water. Nothing will be turned away.
Items can be dropped off at King’s house at 800 Glenn St. and at Smart Art, 2604 Main St. King said if you drop off materials at Smart Art to ask for Bob and he will make sure the materials get to her. If there is an overwhelming number of donations, King is willing to make another trip.
“I hope people will come together. The need is so great there and they really need a helping hand,” she said. “I’m the vessel to do it and I know Newberry can come together for these people.”
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