Town of Fairmont coming together after Hurricane Matthew - | WBTV Charlotte

Town of Fairmont coming together after Hurricane Matthew

(Steve Crump | WBTV) (Steve Crump | WBTV)
ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Hurricanes and flood waters can be put in the same category as thieves. That’s because people in the Robeson County community of Fairmont have been robbed of the basics we take for granted like food, shelter and clothing.

County Commissioner Monte McCallum took it upon himself to turn the local firehouse a relief center.

“This part of the county is in dire need, and they can’t really get out of this area," he said. "We're giving hot food and water - just to keep things going."

For many now without no real place to call home, the makeshift center meets a critical need by providing food and clothing.

Salena Taylor found herself on the receiving end of a human pipeline. She said the going is rough. 

"No lights, no power, six and seven days," she said. "Families are put out of their home. Nowhere to live."

Chris McManus is a full-time officer with the Fairmont Police Department. He attended high school outside of Charlotte in Cabarrus County, and is spending many working hours off the clock.

"We’re trying to help the community and give them things to get them by," McManus said.

Patrica  Moore is also donating her time. She finds gratification in giving.

"I was here yesterday, and came back today," she said. "I'm just happy to be of service."

Organizers are in need of disposable diapers, baby formula, socks, and underwear.

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