CARBON HILL — Jarrod Vickery, the branch manager of First National Bank of Carbon Hill, will be leaving Friday to deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Michael.Several churches and businesses in …
CARBON HILL — Jarrod Vickery, the branch manager of First National Bank of Carbon Hill, will be leaving Friday to deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Michael.
Several churches and businesses in the area have contributed to the effort — Highway 5 Church of God, Carbon Hill First United Methodist Church, Carbon Hill Church of God of Prophecy, Kansas Baptist Church, Carbon Hill Presbyterian Church, Abundant Life Church, First National Bank of Carbon Hill, Bill and Sons Supermarket, Hometown Auto Sales, Dr. Jacob Bivona, Dr. Amanda Darty, Dr. Jill Gamotis and Jay Dobbins.
Jason Brown, owner of JB's Liquidation, has offered Vickery the use of a U-Haul in which to transport the supplies.
The bank is serving as a collection site for supplies such as diapers, wipes, bottled water, hygiene products and other unopened, nonperishable goods.
Vickery said donations are being accepted through Friday morning.
He will be relying on his brother, who is currently working in Florida with the phone company, to help him find the right place for the supplies.
"I'm going to try to find a local Salvation Army or Red Cross," Vickery said.
Vickery was spurred to action after Hurricane Michael as he reflected on the devastation he witnessed in 2011 when members of his church youth group and other area churches took supplies to Hackleburg.
As they were preparing to leave, Vickery noticed a couple with a young child loading a bag of supplies into an older model car.
"She had picked out a doll. She hugged this little baby doll so tight; it just broke my heart. That memory stayed with me, maybe because my wife was pregnant with our first child at the time, and it was a girl. When I saw the pictures of Mexico Beach and found out that my brother was going, that image came back to me, and I wanted to do something," Vickery said.