When the river rose in Kinston, NC, flooding bridges and roads, it split the town. On one side of the river, the hospital; on the other side, hundreds of families affected by the post-hurricane Matthew floods. Emergency management contacted Southwood Memorial Christian Church as a possible host site for emergency personnel in the areas cut off from the hospital. Immediately, Rev. Andrew Shue and the leadership of the congregation opened the church to house dozens of EMTs, National Guard members, and other first responders. With support from Week of Compassion, SMCC is feeding volunteers three meals a day and providing support to their local community.
Their parking lot became the location for a mobile emergency clinic. “It’s certainly busy, but it is worth it,” says Rev. Shue. “Just the other day, a young boy, maybe four years old, was resuscitated in the parking lot clinic. That makes it all worth it.”
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