Tunnel to Towers Storm Relief Response Unit, made up by a team of retired FDNY firefighters, has assisted those who had their lives devastated by Hurricane Florence, including Veteran Owned Veteran Grown Inc., a charity focusing on helping veterans who are coping with Post Traumatic Distress Syndrome (PTSD) or contemplating suicide.
Hurricane Florence dumped record amounts of rain on North and South Carolina. The storm damaged tens of thousands of homes in each state. Tunnel to Towers cleaned and gutted homes, removed trees and debris and tried to help those still reeling from the impact of the storm.
The volunteers helped residents in Nichols, SC, Burgaw, NC and Fairmont, NC.
In Burgaw, the team spent two days gutting and clearing the home of William “Billy” O’Brien. A significant project, because the home is a working farm and the location of VOVG, a charity born out of the idea of using farming as a form of therapy.
The team cleared damaged furniture, removed water-damaged flooring and drywall and made repairs to the home.
Every year VOVG hosts families of veterans and active military and first responders who need a place to eat at Thanksgiving. Last year they hosted 300 people and, despite the damage done by the storm, O’Brien plans to host 500 people for Thanksgiving this year.
The Hurricane relief effort continues with more than a dozen volunteers now heading to Florida to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
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