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Organization comes back to help flood victims eight weeks after Hurricane Matthew

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MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An organization came back to help flood victims eight weeks after Hurricane Matthew Tuesday.

It has been nearly eight weeks since Hurricane Matthew, and people in our area are still fighting to get back into their homes. One organization found itself in a giving spirit Tuesday, lending a hand to 200 flood victims.

“It's just touching, heartwarming; they still have enthusiasm, and hope for the future,” said George Oneill, the Alert Chairman for The Lions Club District 32C.

On Tuesday, members of the International Lion's Club came face-to-face with mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers who are all staying positive, even though some have lost everything.

“Just a few minutes of us, a young lady who works for the department of transportation, had just been working crazy since the hurricane, and unfortunately she has lost just everything. And we were able to help her. People who are out helping people... need help themselves,” Oneill said.

That woman is just one of many still trying to recover, a cry for help, George Oneill saw weeks ago.

“We were here in the administration building for Marion County three weeks ago with, I don't know - 30 to 40 other agencies... and the line of people looped two football fields long,” he explained.

That day, the Lion's Club gave out $2,300 in gift cards and when they ran out, they started taking names - names of people they were determined to help. On Tuesday, that became a reality as they came back with a $10,000 grant from Lion’s Club International, split up into $50 vouchers - for some, coming at a crucial time.

“We’re coming up on Christmas, and we are here to help for that effort…I wish we were here last week so we could have helped them with Thanksgiving,” Oneill said.

While $50 may not seem like a whole lot, for those still on waiting lists to get their roofs fixed and not able to live in their homes, being thankful went without saying.

“The blessings are abundant from the people who were here today,” Oneill said. 

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