Florence brings out the best in Scotland people

By: Staff report

On the heels of Hurricane Florence, numerous residents of Scotland County — of all ages — stepped up to assist their neighbors and, in many case, those they didn’t know.

The stories that have been created by these acts of kindness are endless, and will be remembered by those who participated and benefited for a long time to come.

Following are just a few of those stories that folks have reported.

— The Laurel Hill Community Center, manned by a group of volunteers, hosted a spaghetti meal and gave out goody bags to those in the area in need.

— Dee Rainer of ReNew Life Group in Laurinburg used text messages to raise enough money to purchase more than 400 cases of water and, along with volunteers, disbursed the water to those who needed it.

— James McLean, along with Coach “Sleepy” Harrington, Coach Cain, and Roosevelt Pridgen, brought Carver Middle School football players and members of the Carver “Blue Blazers” to assist in the cleanup of the huge grounds that are the home of the 1890s John Blue House, three 200-year old home-places, an 1850s mule-powered cotton gin and cotton bale press, the 1870s pastoral study of the Rev. James Ferguson, the 1880s A. D. Gibson Store, a restored log tobacco barn, and a half-mile long, 18-gauge railroad — all on one side of X-Way Road.

— Volunteers and congregation members from Bright Hopewell Baptist Church served meals to those in need for several days after the storm passed.

— Neighbors on Purcell Road in Laurinburg came to the assistance of Joyce Anderson and other senior citizens by raking storm debris from their yards.

— All of the volunteers who have come to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church are far too many to name, but they deserve our gratitude.

If you have some good news to share with us, email it to [email protected] along with your name and phone number. A photograph is always welcome, as well.

Staff report