Portsmouth bar takes Hurricane Matthew victims shopping

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of our region and organizations across Hampton Roads have been working to help those impacted ever since.

10 On Your side caught up with a group of people in Portsmouth who pitched in so people in need can start to rebuild.

“Never in a million years would I have thought that I would lose everything in the blink of an eye,” said Raven Hill, who lives in Portsmouth. The shock remains for Hill after she and her family had to leave their home.

But thanks to the folks at The Stadium, she, and two other families, have a little bit of help.

Hill said, “I was excited because someone is finally trying to help us get back everything we’ve lost and even though they didn’t have to do it, they did and I’m greatly appreciative.”

Over the last few weeks, the owners of Stadium asked their customers for names of people affected by the Hurricane. They randomly chose three names and then on Sunday, they took those families shopping.

Sokum Ouk, manager at Stadium, said, “It’s very important for us to root back into the community and to be able to help each other.”

The three families were all former residents of Swanson Homes.  Some have found permanent places to live, while others are stuck in hotels — still unsettled by what happened during the storm.

“A flooded house, we had no hot water, no heat. I have mold, mildew and wasn’t able to stay,” said Sheeba Sumpter, who is currently living in a hotel with her two young children.

But the residents say they’re thankful because they do have somewhere to go. Plus, they have community members looking out for them.

“I never thought that people would still be like this, I thought all the good people were gone,” said Hill.

But Sunday proved those good people aren’t going anywhere.

“Making sure that there is light spread on the fact of the family members being misplaced and how else we can help,” said Ouk.

The folks at The Stadium say they plan to continue to fundraise and help families in our community.