West Michigan man makes his mission to help hurricane victims in need
BURGAW, N.C. —
Residents in North Carolina and the nearby coastal states are still digging out from the destruction while much of the water has yet to recede, but a West Michigan man is doing what he can to help others pick up the pieces.
Brian Antisdel has made about 100 relief missions since arriving in the Carolina's after the hurricane hit. He was able to do this with only around $1,000 in donations from people back in West Michigan. For the past two weeks, Antisdel has been criss-crossing through both North and South Carolina.
“I only expected to come down here and drop down some goods to people who are starving,” Antisdel said. “Next thing you know, I just jumped in…had to help.”
Teaming up with other rescue volunteers to hep communities hit hard by Florence, Antisdel has hauled and handed out about one ton of supplies. In the meantime, he has been rescuing anyone in his path.
“It doesn’t matter who, we’ll save them,” he said. “I saved a goldfish.”
Antisdel said he is documenting it all along the way.
Newschannel 3 had the opportunity to Facetime with Antisdel during a response in Burgaw, North Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 23. Burgaw is a small town just 25 miles north of Wilmington.
“It’s been a long journey,” Burgam resident Jamie Johansen said. “Glad we're at the tail end and there's ending in sight.”
Antisdel is helping residents like Jamie Johansen by delivering hay to help her stranded horses. Surprisingly, he said those aren’t the first farm animals he has helped along his journey.
“We've rescued numerous horses, pigs, chickens,” he said. “Fancy chickens.”
But it’s the personal stories, like the time he rescued an older woman, that are the ones that pull on his heartstrings.
“It made me cry, man,” he said. “She lost everything. All she wanted was some ice.”
Antisdale is set to head home Monday, but is prepared to head back down south if needed.