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Teenager spends time helping flood victims

A Fair Bluff teenager is spending his days off from school helping flood victims anyway he can. (Source:WECT) A Fair Bluff teenager is spending his days off from school helping flood victims anyway he can. (Source:WECT)
FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) -

One teenager is spending his time making a difference in his hometown helping flood victims.

Isaiah Stephens, 16, is barely old enough to drive, but he can be seen all over Fair Bluff delivering hot meals, running errands for the Red Cross, carrying bags of ice and more.

Other volunteers call him a hero. He said he just wants to get people's minds off of the tragic situation.

"It makes me feel sad, but I don't like to show it, so if I keep a smile on my face, I can bring a smile to others," Stephens said.

The owner of S and L Funeral Home in Fair Bluff turned the building over to be a make-shift command center for victims. The lobby is filled with donated food, the chapel pews covered in clothes, and the coffin selection room stacked high with toilet paper. Hundreds of people stopped by Monday to get necessities.

"I don't think there's anywhere else in the nation that would allow toilet paper to be stored in the coffin selection room," volunteer Evelyn Waddell said in an interview. "Fair Bluff is strong, we will return from this."

Stephens is a student in Columbus County Schools and hopes to become a Marine once he graduates. He said helping people is something he's always liked to do, and one woman with the American Red Cross said it shows. So much so, they gave him a Red Cross pin.

"We've been using him to do all kinds of errands for us, finding hungry people, running to the store if we need it," she said. "We were kind of hesitant to believe he was just a good kid wanting to help out, but it's true, he really is."

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