The town of Wadesboro honored residents from Anson and surrounding counties on Monday evening for their help getting supplies to Hurricane Matthew victims, focusing on Robbie and Keelie Hill.
The Hills began collecting coats, water, food, diapers, powdered milk and many other supplies for the storm victims soon after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina last month. Robbie Hill then drove loads out to needy areas using his large dump truck.
“I went out there one day and they were loading trucks,” Mayor Bill Thacker said. “I didn’t realize until I walked over what they were doing, until I saw a sign.”
The sign called for the community to donate to those dealing with flooding, wind damage and more.
“I asked where they were heading, and I think they said Lumberton that day,” Thacker said. “We should honor people who give of their time to others.”
Thacker read a resolution recognizing the Hills, Wadesboro Fire Department, Wadesboro Police Department, “and others too numerous to accurately list in Anson and surrounding counties” who “worked tirelessly to provide support to those suffering unthinkable losses.” He then presented a copy to the Hills.
The town “expresses its gratitude to all volunteers for giving their time to help others; and recognizes their selfless giving of their time and resources; and recognizes the Hills for organizing and encouraging the citizens of Wadesboro, Anson County, and surrounding counties to get involved in helping others in their time of need; and recognizes the Wadesboro Police and Fire Departments for helping with relief; and recognizes all volunteers for showing the caring side of our community,” the resolution reads.
Robbie Hill was quick to acknowledge others.
“I’ve always been proud to call this place home,” he said when he received his copy of the resolution. “I don’t deserve this; I don’t want to ever feel like any of this was about me, and I mean that.”
Robbie Hill thanked police Chief Thedis Spencer for having officers help. He said he’d called Spencer saying there were too many donations for him to load on the trucks.
“I called asking for help, and within 10 minutes, had four or five detectives in dress clothes,” Robbie said. When he told the officers he didn’t mean for them to help in work clothes, Robbie Hill said they brushed it off and continued to work.
“That says something about the community that when you feel something is right, you have the rest of it get around you,” he said said.
Robbie Hill added that he could not guess the monetary value of donations he received from individuals, organizations and businesses from within and around Anson and sent to flood victims.
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