Salvation Army volunteers head to the coast

CHARLOTTE,NC (WBTV) - A group of volunteers from the Salvation Army in Charlotte left to Wilmington, NC Friday to prepare for Hurricane Irene.

"We'll cook meals and then fill clam shells with food people will come to our canteens directly to get meals as well as a drink," said Lt. Matt Trantham of the Salvation Army.

Once Irene makes landfall, the group of ten volunteers will be dispatched to the hardest hit areas near Wilmington to provide meals.

Kellis White is with the Marine Corp Disaster Relief Unit 1. He says the group has been preparing to head to the coast since Monday, collecting donations and rounding up volunteers.

"I'm ready, I've been waiting all week for this, these people are going to need some help, whoever stays, we're just doing what we're trained to do," said White.

The group plans to stay in Wilmington for at least two weeks.