Hurricane Florence evacuees grateful for American Red Cross's Gray shelter

GRAY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Many people hit the road and made their way inland, and even to the Tri-Cities region, as Hurricane Florence was barreling towards the east coast.

The American Red Cross has a shelter set up in Gray at Crossroads Christian Church for Florence evacuees.

21 people and two dogs are currently there.

"We are taking a look at the rain fall this afternoon and early morning tomorrow to see what happens here in our area because we could see the need to keep the shelter that are on standby and this current shelter open a little bit longer," Executive Director of the Northeast Tennessee branch of the American Red Cross, Kalen Collins said.

The shelter is free to stay in with meals provided.

We met a family of 17 who evacuated from Lumberton, North Carolina.

"We just left and I really do believe that God has guided us here because when we got here we don't have to ask for anything, they offer. It's such an amazing feeling because I've never experienced this type of love before. They're very generous," Tanisha Moody said.

The American Red Cross also has shelters set up in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross, you can text "Florence" to 90999.

To learn more information, you can visit the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee's website here.

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