Neighbors step up to help out before and after Florence

Published 7:33 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

While church groups, disaster relief organizations and government agencies all continue to play a significant role in helping Beaufort County recover from Hurricane Florence, there are also countless stories of people going above and beyond to help others.


In Pinetown, Bobby and Anita Price have been doing their part to help collect needed supplies for those in need, both locally and beyond Beaufort County. The couple has been raising money through the Fire Tower Hunting Club to buy food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products to give to those impacted by Florence.

“We really try to take things to little towns that maybe aren’t getting as much help as they need,” Bobby said.

Two of the club’s members in Raleigh, Robert Woody and Mark Coats, have helped bring money to the area from the Piedmont. Bobby and Anita, in turn, have bought supplies from Walmart, delivering them to Belhaven and Pamlico County. On Monday, the two left Pinetown bound for the Jones County town of Trenton, an area severely impacted by flood waters.

“We’re just trying to help folks and do the right thing,” Bobby said. “As long as we can get donations, we’ll go buy stuff and carry it to the people that need it.”

So far, the group has raised in the neighborhood of $5,000, with a number of donations coming from the Triangle area.

“I usually have a contact person in each of these little towns to find out what they need,” Bobby said. “That’s why we’re headed to Trenton today (Monday).”


On the south side of the Pamlico, Chocowinity resident Bobby Whichard was ready to lend a hand before the storm. For RV, camper trailer and boat owners, Whichard opened up space at Modernair Mobile Home Park on Bragaw Lane ahead of the storm.

“It’s well protected back in there,” Whichard said. “We had a tornado come through there and come right through that trailer park about three or four years ago, and it never upset anybody back in there. The reason for it is it’s such a wooded area. It’s well-protected.”

Whichard said approximately 20 people took him up on his offer before the storm hit. A lot of those who did came from Twin Lakes Campground, with others moving to the high ground at the Chocowinity Food Lion. At 81 years old, Whichard says he has known for years that the area housing the mobile home park is well protected.

“When that tornado came through there, I knew it was a good safe place,” Whichard said. “I was just trying to do a favor to the community.


While the stories shared by the Prices and Whichard continue to have an impact on those they have helped, they are but two examples of ordinary people in Beaufort County doing extraordinary things to help their neighbors. There are certainly countless others, just as deserving of recognition, going above and beyond to serve others.

If you, or others you know, have made a difference in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and would like to see these efforts recognized in the newspaper, email photos and information to