Gleaning for the World prepares to respond in Florida
LYNCHBURG. Va. (WSET) -- First it was Hurricane Harvey and now Irma. Hurricane Irma is moving closer to Florida, which means relief agencies are in overdrive
One local Lynchburg agency is preparing to respond.
The leader of Gleaning for the World Reverend Ron Davidson said they are stretched thin and desperate for donations.
"We have the potential of looking at the two worst storms to ever hit the United States," Rev. Davidson said.
The storms are putting a tremendous strain on relief agencies like Gleaning for the World.
"It takes a massive amount of work," Rev. Davidson said. "My staff in the last week and a half have hardly slept. But that's what we do."
Rev. Davidson said a church in Florida is receiving supplies in advance of Hurricane Irma.
It will be the primary distribution center for Gleaning as shelters begin to open there.
"They've got five-to-seven million people that are being mandatory evacuated out of Florida, so we're trying to get supplies to Christ Fellowship just as fast as we can," Davidson said.
It means getting generators, chainsaws, water and more to Floridians as soon as possible.
"The biggest thing they're gonna need is water and personal care items to take care of the people that are gonna be in the shelters cause they're gonna be there a while," Davidson said.
A massive undertaking for an agency stretched thin because of two destructive hurricanes.
It's money that's needed to sustain the work that will go on for weeks and possibly longer.
"The reality is it's gonna take a lot of money to ship all this stuff where we have to go to Florida to Texas," Davidson said. "Any donations... can possibly help us."