Collecting donations for flood victims in the south

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BARRE, Vt. Cars pull up to Barre City Hall Park Saturday morning, with trunks full of donations. Food, water, cleaning supplies, and other various items filled up a tractor trailer that will head south to disaster zones created by Tropical Storm Florence.

“Easier said than done of course,” said Organizer Sara Akers.

Akers says after hearing about expected damage from the storm, she wanted to help.

Akers says once a local business donated the truck, she took to Facebook to ask the community to help out however they could.

“It was like what can I do? Instead of sitting here on my phone watching the news, seeing the posts, seeing the pictures, there is got to be something more that I can do,” said Akers who worked quickly.

She says she got the city's approval to park the truck downtown and is working with Hope Heroes, a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping out people in disaster zone.

“They are going to be able to disperse that to the people in need,” said Akers.

Donations came from all over Saturday morning, including the police department, local businesses, and even those who just want to help.

“It think it’s just human spirit you know it’s going to be a long long time before they recover,” said Barre resident Sara Young.

“It’s great that we can provide this to help people get back on track even in the smallest of ways,” said Jarelle Flibotte of Barre

As the truck is filled up on Saturday, it’s an act of kindness that has this community member leading the way to help out

“A lot of people up here I didn’t realize have connections down there, Family members, friends, cousins, aunts, uncles and they are just so thankful that they are able to help out by contributing to this drive,” said Akers.

Akers says they will be back out on Sunday in front of Lenny's in downtown Barre accepting donations till 5 PM. They plan to leave next week to head to the disaster zone.