W. MI volunteers preparing shelters ahead of Florence

Barry County

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Volunteers from West Michigan are already down south preparing shelters for Hurricane Florence. 

Others are still in the area preparing to offer assistance for the people impacted by the incoming storm.

Marc Veen of Middleville is volunteering with the Red Cross for the first time. He was sent to a shelter in Durham, North Carolina to team up with other volunteers from around the country.

“People have been coming in and out of here all day and they got deployed already, so now it’s my turn,” said Veen.

Veen recently retired from Amway. While he worked there, the employees went on relief trips with the company.

Veen says he helped after Hurricane Katrina and remembers the Red Cross taking care of the volunteers by delivering food and other necessities. Now, he wants to return the favor.

“I just want to put a smile on someone’s face,” he said. “The shelters are going to be depressed and stuff like that. We just want to make it fun for them so it’s a fast and easy stay.”

His team is heading towards Virginia Wednesday night where they will set up a shelter near the North Carolina and Virginia border and wait out the storm.

“I’ve never seen a hurricane before, so I’m going to see one now,” he said.

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