Volunteers from the Sumner County Food Bank delivered 80,000 pounds of food to flooding victims in Waverly, Tenn. earlier this month.
The group traveled to Humphreys County on Sept. 4 and also took $22,275 that was raised by members of Liberty Baptist Church to help with relief efforts.
“It was just a heartfelt thing,” Sumner County Food Bank Executive Director James Gill said. “We wanted to show these people that they are important, that other people do think about them in their distress and that in Sumner County we step up to help.”
In all, 16 volunteers made the trip. They delivered the food using five of the nonprofit’s trucks along with four other vehicles.
Severe flooding in Waverly and throughout the surrounding areas left 20 people dead and hundreds of others displaced when it moved through in late August.
“It was just total devastation,” Gill recalled about the damage he saw.
Gill said volunteers plan to return to the area in November to deliver more food as well as household goods, furniture, clothing and other donated items.