Lending a Helping Hand in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

It’s been a month since Hurricane Florence made landfall and affected our neighbors and teammates in the southeastern United States. The Red Classic team has worked alongside colleagues from our parent company, Coca-Cola Consolidated, to provide relief in the aftermath of this powerful storm.
Teammates gather together to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. L to R: Dave Glancy, Lee Granger, Tony Nunley.

Teammates gather to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. L to R: Dave Glancy, Lee Granger, Tony Nunley.

In the week following Hurricane Florence, the Coke Consolidated Response Team traveled to Wilmington, N.C. to help clear debris and aid affected teammates. This group was created in response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and its members are comprised of volunteers from a variety of locations and functions. The Coke Consolidated Response Team’s visit had one goal as they made the trek to the North Carolina coast: to respond, refresh and renew teammates and communities hit hardest by the storm.

Several of those volunteers were Red Classic teammates, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts Dave Glancy. Once the group arrived, the team began assisting the families of the 50+ teammates whose property had been affected by the storm. Whether it was removing fallen trees and debris from a yard or lending emotional support, the team arrived prepared to provide much-needed relief.

“It was heartwarming to see how much of an impact our small deeds had on the teammates we assisted,” Dave said.

As detailed in a post about the visit on Coca-Cola Journey, Red Classic driver Lee Granger was one of the employees that the Coke Consolidated Response Team assisted. The team removed debris from his yard and Lee was so moved by their efforts that he joined them for the rest of the day and assisted other teammates affected by the storm.

When the Coke Consolidated Response Team returned home, they knew there was still more to be done. They coordinated the assembly of cleaning supply kits to distribute to those cleaning up their homes in the aftermath of the storm. Red Classic teammates at our corporate headquarters joined the effort and assembled 250 kits, which included gloves, compressed towels, sanitary wipes and other helpful items, which were distributed to families in Fayetteville, NC.

Through this storm and its aftermath, our people have shined day in and day out,” said Coca-Cola Consolidated Chairman & CEO Frank Harrison. “I am truly humbled and inspired by how our teammates have come together to serve in so many ways – working long hours, organizing and delivering donations and ‘getting our hands dirty’ to do whatever needs to get done.”

Our operations team learned that a regional food bank was having trouble securing trucks to deliver much-needed food items to cities affected by the storm. Our teammates offered complimentary transport of these loads to food banks in Raleigh, NC, and Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC. Thank you to drivers Jonathan Simpson, Deandre Shell, Aquail Sanders, Matthew Cline, Huger Brown and Tyree Britt for transporting these vital deliveries!

“It means a lot to me to work at a company where everyone looks out for each other,” Dave said. “Our company is truly a family.”