Macon shelter serves families affected by Hurricane Matthew

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “I greatly appreciate the Red Cross,” said Wilkins.

Trance Wilkins lost nearly everything.

“We’re just under a lot of stress but without the Red Cross we wouldn’t have anything,” said Wilkins.

Hurricane Matthew took his house in Savannah, but didn’t take his family.

“Right now we’re dependent 100% because when immediate evacuations go, we had 20 minutes,” said Wilkins. “My wife and my daughter–I have a year and a half old daughter.”

The Wilkins family has made the best of a bad situation at the East Macon Recreation Center.

The Georgia State Defense Force, the Red Cross and other local organizations partnered up to help.

“The Salvation army was here, they bring in food a couple of times a day, we work with DFACS we work with all of the agencies and everyone is very willing to make this successful,” said Private Nicol Bates with the GSDF.

“Salvation Army does bring food, and the local church does bring food and coffee, stuff like that. If we have a need they automatically will set our need,” said Wilkins.

Because the danger near the coast isn’t quite over.

Families may have to stay another day or so while power is restored and roads are cleared.

“We will take in anyone that isn’t able to go back,” said Red Cross volunteer Charlie Norman. “If they live on a barrier island they’re still stuck. So we will continue to give them a nice, safe home-like environment where it is home for them when they’re in the shelter.”

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