Volunteers continue to help military community recover from Hurricane Florence

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 7:53 PM EDT
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As we hit the six month anniversary of Hurricane Florence, volunteers continue to help those impacted by the storm.

College students from Kentucky are spending their spring break helping rebuild homes in Onslow county this week. One home being repaired belongs to the widow of a Marine who lost her husband in Afghanistan 15 years ago.

“She’s gone through a lot losing her husband and then losing parts of her home during the hurricane,” said Cayla Destefani, a volunteer and student at Northern Kentucky University.

“My hope is that this at least just gives her some reassurance that there’s people who love her and care about her,” added Renee Jennings, pastor with the Vine and Branches group from Northern Kentucky University.

The volunteers are staying at the Swansboro United Methodist Church through Saturday. They are working on 3 damaged local homes, though there are still thousands of damaged homes in Onslow County. Many of those households belong to military families.

“We do this because we care about you all. You’ve done a lot for us. Sit back and let us help you out for a little bit,” added Jennings.

When the Kentucky students head home Saturday, a different volunteer group will come in to continue the work.