Waverly flood survivors receive $100 vouchers for back-to-school supplies

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WAVERLY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nearly a year after deadly floodwaters swept through Waverly, United Way of Humphreys County worked to help survivors pay for school supplies and clothing on Friday.

“I hate to see people suffer, and we want to do everything we can to try to get people back,” said Nioka Curtis, executive director of United Way Humphreys County.

As of the end of the day on Friday, United Way gave 170 children $100 vouchers for Walmart and is working to help those who couldn’t make it to the store.

Many United Way volunteers were survivors themselves, including Debra Ashton, who miraculously pulled herself out of the floodwaters with only a few cuts after battling choppy waves for hours.

“The house right in front of me, just like that, immediately leaves its foundation and immediately catches fire,” Ashton said.

Ashton clung to a floating pole until she was ejected. She eventually managed to climb onto the roof of a house and was rescued by a helicopter. She said a higher power saved her that day.

Despite losing everything, Ashton volunteered on Friday to give back.

“United Way helped me when this first happened,” Ashton said. “There were a lot of people who helped me. It’s wonderful to be blessed, but it’s also good to be a blessing.

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“I haven’t gotten my house back yet, I’m still paying a mortgage on a barren property, but God will provide,” Ashton said. “He always has and he always will.”

To learn more about United Way of Humphreys County, click here.


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