An Elloree officer and others teamed up on Monday to make things a little easier for people fleeing Irma.

Lt. Earl Kinley knew there were people taking shelter at Lake Marion High School on Tee Vee Road, so he decided to see what he could do to help on Monday morning.

He went to the local IGA grocery store and bought snacks for the children at the shelter.

During his visit, Kinley met an evacuee who is a cancer patient. The evacuee said he would like to have a warm meal.

A committee was quickly formed to not only fill the wishes of the one evacuee, but to provide meals for all 60 of them.

Kinley, Karen Stokes, Ike Haynes and Mike Fanning each contributed personal funds to make the wish come true.

After a little while, the 60 evacuees were enjoying chicken, rice, macaroni and cheese and biscuits from the Bojangles in Santee.

“They really helped out,” Kinley said.

Kinley said the evacuees included local residents and those passing through from hurricane-prone areas like Florida.

“I knew if I was in their situation, I’d want someone to do the same thing,” Kinley said.

“I’m just doing it from the heart.”

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T&D Staff Writer

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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