Days after Hurricane Matthew dropped over a dozen inches of rain in southeastern
Just over a month after the hurricane, river levels are beginning to return to normal, but life for the Mossy Log residents is anything but that. On Monday,
"We wanted to go into the pockets most affected by Hurricane Matthew and distribute items that will help those who lost everything during the flood,"
"We lost our home, two cars and everything but what you see from inside our house," David said.
The Hopsons were more than glad to see
"Every little bit helps," Robin said. "We are so thankful for all the help we can get."
According to Carr, nearly
"Our goal is to be one of the first to respond in the event of a disaster," Carr said. "This money is an opportunity for us to go ahead and be an immediate benefit to those families who are affected by disaster."
With the money,
These items were distributed Monday morning to residents who were registered through
"Life for these residents will never be normal," Carr shared. "While they adjust to a new normal, we can be part of the solution."
For the Hopsons, returning to a normal life isn't in the foreseeable future, but it's something the husband and wife look forward to happening. Following Matthew, the two moved into a friend's home in
"We were blessed to have renter's insurance," David said. "We have been able to replace one vehicle, but we still have a long ways to go before we have everything we need."
That includes clothes. David said he now has three pairs of pants, humbly adding that they will work just fine.
"I have all I need," he attested. "Besides, you can only wear one pair at the time."
The Hopsons say they have been more than blessed by the outpouring of love from the community. David, a disabled veteran, and Robin, disabled from two heart attacks, took up a collection to help other flood victims.
"There are others who have it worse than us," Robin shared.
Approximately 30 homes are part of the Mossy Log community. Only four of those home were not permanently damaged by the flood waters.
"The water flooded our home and the floors were so damaged they had to take them up and throw them away," Howard explained. "The house has been sprayed to kill the mold, but we pretty much lost everything. This is truly a blessing that they are trying to help us rebuild our homes."
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