Funeral home helps tornado victim

Anne McNamara on Elizabeth City storm damage

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — An Elizabeth City funeral home teamed up with church leaders and city council members to collect donations for tornado survivors.

Kirk and Nina Rivers, who own Rivers Community Funeral Home, presented checks to victims Wednesday.

“We felt that we needed to do something right away,” Nina Rivers said.

Donated items, like canned goods and groceries, are getting the victims through this first week after the storm.

“People were calling, saying they didn’t have any food when the electricity came,” Kirk Rivers said.

Some of those hardest hit by the storm are  like Sandra White, who can’t get back into her house on Pear Tree Road. She trusts God will get her through.

“He gives me peace in the midst of a storm,” White said.

And she credits God for bringing the Rivers to her front yard — they presented White with a $200 check. It’s not nearly enough to fix the thousands of dollars worth of damage to her home, but it is enough to buy her a room, where she can get some much needed rest.

“God bless y’all, thank you so much!” White said.

Workers with the American Red Cross are still visiting homes in Elizabeth City. The work has taken days because the need is so great.

NCDOT is assisting Chowan County residents in cleaning debris off main roads.

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