On Tuesday morning, two Bailey Coach buses will be driven through the rain to get to Richmond, Virginia, one of the evacuation points for people impacted by Hurricane Florence.
“Then, we’re going to have five additional vehicles leave tomorrow afternoon, and they’re going to go to the Carolinas and they will be staged down there, we’re thinking, between 5 to 7 days,” said John Bailey, owner and president of Bailey Coach.
The buses and vehicles alone aren’t enough for Bailey. He is asking for people to bring donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries between 8 a.m. and noon Tuesday.
“We’re asking you folks to please bring new supplies and new supplies only — anything that’s nonperishable to our facility,” said Bailey.
One of the first people to answer the call is Bradley Jacobs. You may have seen him if you’ve ever needed a will or marriage license in York County.
‘We’re both Rotarians and our motto is service above self, and that’s why I’m here,” said Jacobs.
Both Bailey and Jacobs sent relief to Houston last fall during Hurricane Harvey, and they can attest that even the smallest donations make a difference.
“A gallon of water will help anybody,” said Jacobs.
It’s likely that some people will lose everything they own, and as they rebuild and heal, York County will be there.
“I think York County looks out for the neighbors whether they’re in the Carolinas or our backyard,” said Jacobs.
“If we can get down there and we can help them to get around, maybe to get medical care or get to reunite with a loved one, I’m just very glad that we’re just able to help along those lines,” said Bailey.