LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Students in Lynchburg are heading to the Carolinas to help with clean up efforts after Hurricane Florence.
Liberty University's Send Now Team left campus Thursday morning.
They're partnering with Samaratin's Purse to bring relief and share a message
One by one, Liberty University Students packed up their Virginia Van, en route to North Carolina.
The students will settle in Jacksonville - about 50 miles north of Wilmington. "Just kinda helping up with whatever areas whether it be like flood clean up or ripping up carpets," explained Leah Summers, an LU Send team leader.
It's mission that is near to Brandon Anderson's heart. "I'm actually a firefighter and EMT back home in North Carolina," explained LU sophomore Brandon Anderson.
He's one of four other North Carolina students heading down to the coast. "And I saw my house and I was like oh, wow," added student Caroline Veater.
Veater grew up in North Carolina and has an aunt who lives near the coast. "They're surrounded by water on all sides, so they can't get out for several days and her house sustained minor damage, but she is safe as far as we know," she said.
Veater and Anderson are part of a team of 12 students responding to the disaster. "These students are just willing to step in miss class, even sometimes get behind, just to serve others," said Summers.
And they all have one mission in mind. "Bring the hope of Christ to people who might not know who he is," explained Summers.
So, after a prayer in the parking lot, the team is packed up and read to hit the road. "Just having the opportunity to go back home after the devastation and help out and just share the gospel and help people rebuild is just an opportunity I'm really looking forward to this week," said Anderson.
The team will be down in North Carolina for a week before coming back here.