Welcomed by Carolina Forest with open arms, Tripp Satterwhite believes he and his family could not have asked for a better place to call home.
But if home is where the heart is, that for the Carolina Forest High School athletic director will forever reside in Lumberton, N.C.
With the eastern North Carolina town adversely affected by flooding from Hurricane Matthew, Satterwhite and his family felt it was only right to be of assistance.
“Knowing everything that took place, my wife put something on Facebook seeking help of any kind,” he said. “We honestly were not expecting a great amount, but it was bigger than we were expecting.”
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It was about helping people in any way we could, and everyone realized that. They know how bad it is in some places, with so many people who have lost everything. So people brought clothes, water, money, prayers, anything … everything was accepted.
Carolina Forest High School athletic director Tripp Satterwhite
What started as a simple plea for help turned into a full community lending a hand, as Carolina Forest High School was able to send a trailer full of goods to the flood-stricken area. Escaping the storm without much more than a few broken limbs strewn about their yard and a few days without power, Satterwhite felt this was the least he could do … and apparently, others did as well.
“It was about helping people in any way we could, and everyone realized that,” Satterwhite said. “They know how bad it is in some places, with so many people who have lost everything. So people brought clothes, water, money, prayers, anything … everything was accepted.”
Even as floodwaters recede, the scars of recent weather events begin to reveal themselves. With that in mind, it may be some time before things return to a state of normalcy for those in Lumberton.
Nevertheless, the Carolina Forest community will continue to accept donations to help those locally as well as in North Carolina.
“Different civic groups and clubs are taking donations, and then we will do some of that at the junior varsity football game on Thursday as well,” Satterwhite said. “We’re going to see if we cannot help more people out around here, and then do the same in North Carolina. So many were adversely affected by the storm.”