WEST JEFFERSON-Following the destruction and widespread flooding wrought by Hurricane Matthew, two local families came together to form a loving coalition of support for affected families in the eastern part of the state.
When Stacey Dillard began texting her childhood friend, Amy Walker, about the news footage of the damage done by the flooding, the two women began to converse about how they could help those lives destroyed by the hurricane.
“She text me and said, “We’ve got to do something and I said that I agree,” Dillard recalls. “So it actually started with her and her family.”
The Walker family then quickly began to assemble a variety of non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies to take down to the coast via a trailer.
Their destination? Lumberton, which was one of the harder hit communities.
After hearing of the Walker’s tribute, Dillard and her husband, Brandon, decided to form a convoy of supplies themselves.
The Dillards own the Mastercraft store on Jefferson Avenue and is using the location as a base of operations.
On Wednesday, they gathered to take stock of the supplies they’ve gathered to this point and to welcome another generous donation to fund their trip.
Grayson National Bank presented a check of an undisclosed amount to the Dillards.
“Well with Grayson, we’ve had a little bit of a business relationship with them,” said Brandon Dillard. “We called on them knowing they wanted to be a part of Ashe County. Rumor has it that they may want to have a bank come over to Ashe County. They were excited to help and fund our trip down there.”
The decision to help an untold number of people was an easy one for the family.
“Knowing the need and how poor the county was broke my wife’s heart,” said Dillard. “We’ve been blessed enough to have a little and we just wanted to give back. We felt the pressure on our hearts to do that.”
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