"Operation: Good Neighbor" collects $35,000 in donations, cash for Florence victims
UPDATE: Channel 3 would like to thank everyone who came out to support hurricane victims on Friday at Walmart on Signal Mountain Road.
Because of your generosity, “Operation: Good Neighbor” collected $33,000 worth of supplies and $2,000 in cash.
The donation drive was a combined effort between Channel 3 and our radio partners at US-101.
Now, a semi-truck packed full of donations will be delivered to North Carolina residents who are in need of help.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Thousands of people who are displaced by Florence are in desperate need of help.
And those from our area are rising to the occasion to help our neighbors.
Al Ceren loaded up a truck before hitting the road for Raleigh, North Carolina.
It's his first deployment as a Red Cross volunteer, and he's prepared to help in a number of ways.
"Feeding 200 people at a time, three times a day. Or we could be hauling supplies or they could have us out on scouting," Ceren said.
Others, like Mo and StyckMan with WUSY US-101, are busy organizing a massive donation drive called Operation: Good Neighbor.
"We got together and said let's get things going. Let's get it organized and get things going and be ready to roll out as soon as this goes through, and we know what the need is," Mo said.
The goal is to fill up a tractor trailer with donations bound for North Carolina.
They're asking for bottled water, diapers and cleaning supplies.
"We're just now finding out what their needs are. Obviously, they're going to need to take care of their children, they're going to need water, they're going to need cleaning supplies," StyckMan added.
The Tennessee Valley felt Mother's Nature's muscle after the 2011 tornado outbreak, and it's one of the reasons why Mo believes Chattanoogans rise to the occasion when help is needed.
"When you live through something like that, I think you want to pay it forward and help someone who is living through it now," she added.
If you would like to help, you can drop off bottled water, diapers or cleaning supplies at the tractor-trailer at Walmart on Signal Mountain Road from 6:00 am- 6:00 pm on Friday, September 21st.
You can also donate to the American Red Cross online or at the register at Walmart.
PREVIOUS STORY: This week, WRCB is partnering with US-101 for the "Operation Good Neighbor Campaign" for those affected by Hurricane Florence.
On Friday, September 21 they will be at the Signal Mountain Walmart from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. collecting relief items.
Everything from cleaning supplies to food to personal hygiene products are needed for the people who've been evacuated from their homes for nearly a week.
Organizers are right now asking specifically for:
- cleaning supplies
- bottled water
- diapers (all sizes)
Cash donations will also be accepted -- the money will be used to buy items in Walmart for use in the Carolinas.
Rock 105 and KISS FM will also be there. There will be a 12-hour long live broadcast on all the stations.
Walmart has provided a semi to deliver the supplies to the Red Cross in North Carolina.