Even before Hurricane Florence impacts the east coast, folks in Baldwin County are getting ready to help. Crews at Baldwin EMC are on standby to help restore power if needed. Others are reaching out to friends and their community to help.
A case of water and a bottle of shampoo at a time, the goal of filling a relief trailer already well underway Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Bringing some help to our neighbors on the east coast was an idea that went from concept to reality in just 24 hours’ time. It was something Spanish Fort resident and local barber, Matt Bresnahan felt compelled to do.
“I was stationed there at New River for several years and I actually got retired out of New River, North Carolina out of the Marine Corps and a lot of my friends and family are still there and I can’t wait to go back and see them and help them if I can,” Bresnahan said.
Bresnahan’s a member of a local chapter of the American Poolplayers Association (APA) and once the word got out about what he is doing, the membership began pitching in. In just a few hours Wednesday morning, he’d already raised nearly a thousand dollars and received quite a few donations.
“Matt is also one of our members so we are such a community in that billiard league so just coming out and helping him in his endeavor to go to the Carolinas is very, very important to us,” said league director of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the APA, April Shepherd.
“I really just hope it brings the community together, you know,” added APA member, Amie Combs, “We’re supposed to help each other and that’s just really my thing. I just wanted to bring everybody together.”
“I mean, we’re clear of the hurricane right now at this point, but we just got hit last week so we’re going to help when we can,” said Jeston Smith who donated several cases of water.
Bresnahan’s plan is to take his truck, trailer and 4-wheeler and provide food, water and other essential items. He says, he’s not sure what he’ll find when he gets there or how long he’ll stay, but he knows his help is needed.
“My goal is to provide all the first responders with the ability to not have to stop,” Bresnahan explained. “I can bring them water. I can bring them fuel. I can bring them a bite to eat and I can also help anybody that’s coming back in or somebody that is trapped in a home that didn’t get out in time.”
If you’d like to donate items, you can bring them to the Spanish Fort Barber Shop on Highway 31 between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14 and until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Cash donations are also needed to resupply in fuel and other items needed while there. Monetary donations for the relief effort can be dropped off at the barber shop or at Top of the Bay nightclub in Daphne. Online contributions can be made through Bresnaham’s public fundraiser on his Facebook page or through his VENMO account: @matthew_bresnahan-3