It didn't take long for United Way of Coastal Carolina to respond to the phone call from Skip and Shelly Barnett of AGT Carriers offering their tractor trailer to haul relief supplies to the victims of Hurricane Irma. Within a few hours, UWCC Executive Director Sandra Phelps was in contact with her counterpart in St. John's County, FL (St. Augustine area), who provided a list of needed items and arranged a drop off point and volunteers to unpack the trailer at a local church.
With the promotional assistance of V103.3, 106.5 WSFL, and 99X radio stations in New Bern, Skip and Shelly volunteered their time at the parking lot of Food Lion on ML King Blvd. in New Bern, collecting donated supplies for four days. On the final day, Skip headed south with over 14,900 pounds of water, hygiene items, diapers, non-perishable food, and cleaning supplies.
He met the volunteers in Florida the next morning, and the trailer was quickly emptied and all the items were delivered to various churches and shelters for distribution.
That's the classic story of United Way - responding to the needs of families and individuals in collaboration with volunteers, agencies and businesses! Thank you, Skip and Shelly of AGT Carriers and United Way of St. John's County for helping to make it happen.