Hurricane evacuees feel the love with donations from Charlotte residents

- FOX 46 is Getting Results for a family who evacuated their home to escape Hurricane Irma.

Eloise Thompson and her family left their home just north of Tampa in Zephyrhills ahead of the storm.

Thompson drove a pickup truck, pulling an RV. In her truck was her friend Roy who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Thompson’s son Elliott drove close-by, in a handicap van, with his wife and sister.

His sister, Darlet is an Air Force veteran who now suffers from multiple sclerosis and has become quadriplegic. Both Darlet and Roy require round the clock care.

Thompson has a fighting spirit. She left her home, drove for days without finding a hotel, and arrived in Charlotte with a will to survive.

“I just keep going, you know. I have to, you know and if you think about it and you whine you won’t make it so I just do what I have to do so, I’ll make it,” said Thompson.

FOX 46 stepped in and issued a call to action. Donations poured in and the Thompson finally got the help they needed. The spirit of Charlotte bringing joy after the storm.

“There’s people who have disabilities and you can’t imagine how stressful their life is but to be displaced, to have no place to sleep, you have no way to get money, you have no way to get supplies, you can’t leave. It just touched my heart so, I just went and got some things,” said Addy Mandon as she dropped off food, diapers, and laundry detergent to the FOX 46 studio.

Tara Wright donated a car load of items to the Thompson’s and said, “I’m looking to save the world one person, one minute at a time. It doesn’t matter the small gesture of a conversation, a smile, tissue you know, anything small matters.”

The donations made a huge impact on the Thompson’s who still don’t know if their homes are still standing.

If you would like to Get Results for the Thompson’s you can donate to help fix their RV. A leak in the roof is allowing water to leak into areas of the RV including electrical fixtures. The repair is estimated to cost $3,500.

Thompson says she will live in the RV if Hurricane Irma destroyed her home.

To donate to the Thompson family click here.

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