ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) - We are just a week and a half from Christmas, and it will be another difficult day for many people in Florida, who are still trying to recover from Hurricane Michael. Thursday, an Alabaster woman shared what she has seen first hand, hoping you will remember those storm victims this holiday season.
Scrolling through social media, Kimberly Greenlaw is still shocked by what she sees from friends in Panama City Beach. “It’s horrible. There’s no words for how bad it is,” said Greenlaw.
Recent cold weather is making the situation worse. According to Greenlaw, she can’t get the image of a 2-year-old boy out of her head. “He was living in a tent because he didn’t have a home anymore,” explained Greenlaw. “We gave him a stuffed bunny and a blanket. He put the bunny on the ground and covered himself with the blanket. He’s two!”
She believes people more people would be willing to help, but they don’t realize how bad living conditions still are for storm victims. A belief shared by Greenlaw’s daughter, Hannah, and her best friend, Nikki Dorosky. “It’s so bad, yeah it’s really bad,” said Hannah. “While we were clearing debris, there was this one turtle that was there,” explained Nikki. “We helped it back to its home, and I was like ‘there’s still life in all of this.’”
Greenlaw is from the Panama City area and still has several friends who live there. She and her family have been going back at least once a month to deliver donations and help with the cleanup. They are leaving Monday to take more supplies. “You can’t leave that situation and not think about that baby," said Greenlaw.
Greenlaw is collecting items to take to storm victims. If you would like to donate, you can send her a message by going to her website, Greenlaw Photography.
According to Greenlaw, she has witnessed a lot of great work being done in Florida by the United Way, so a cash donation to them would also help.