While some stores closed early on Friday, James Elston was opening the doors to Second Chances Upholstery. The store was used as shelter for the night for anyone without a home.
"It was neat to see the need being met first of all, and knowing that it could be me, and I just wanted to help and I'm glad that I did," Elston said.
Randy Evans, an urban missionary with Anchor Church, set out with several others to find those experiencing homelessness that night. He said that when the wind and rain started to pick up, he became worried about those who didn't have shelter.
"The water was coming up so fast from Burnett Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road, that if we hadn't gotten the individuals at least out of Greenfield Lake, who knows what would have happened," stated Evans.
Over 11 people joined them for the night, and volunteers brought food and water for the group. Evans said that it's a problem that's often overlooked, and that being outside in those conditions is a major safety concern.
Elston added that there's a great need in the Wilmington area, and urged people to try to help whenever possible.
"Try to think outside the box and look around, there's a lot of need, no matter where you're at in life you can give back, just something to help somebody," Elston added.
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