Florida evacuees thankful for help, still in need

- The Thompson family traveled for days trying to get away from Hurricane Irma and find a place to stay. they arrived in Charlotte Sunday and haven't been able to rest. Eloise Thompson is caring for her daughter Darlet, an Air Force veteran with multiple sclerosis who's now quadriplegic, and her sweetheart Ron who has progressive Parkinson's Disease.

"We just push through. She was a squad leader. I was a PG, a platoon leader and so you know, in order to lead you have to learn how to follow. And, Irma forced people to follow. Follow what the voice of God was saying to you and it was saying, yeah you need to get out now, life is more important than stuff," said Eloise.

Eloise’s son Elliott also a veteran, traveling alongside them with his wife. When FOX 46 told their family about viewers reaching out to help with food, water, and medical equipment he called them an inspiration. 

"People are not as divided as we think because all along the way people have been reaching out to help," Elliott said.

Darlet has been stuck in her wheelchair since they arrived because the house isn't handicap accessible. Her mother and Ron are sleeping in a leaky RV. Despite the challenges she said God keeps her spirit bright.

"Blessed and warm inside because you got to know the people that help you are blessed and touched by God because he will make a way," she said,

Elliot also thanked us for getting results.

"You have an amazing ministry because ministry is just service, you serve people and then you get results. So, I just want to thank you for even taking the interest in us and what we're going through.  That really says something about your heart, thank you."

Today, the RV was taken to a repair shop and we're told it will cost as much as $3,500 to fix the problem causing the leak. Eloise is concerned that the camper will be their permanent home if there's isn't still standing.

If you'd like to help you can donate to the family's GoFundMe page, or email us at newstips@fox46charlotte.com. 

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