Local church, good Samaritan help Sandy victims

Ortega United Methodist Church loading truck to send to NJ

Published On: Nov 02 2012 09:23:58 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 03 2012 02:11:52 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A Jacksonville man is teaming up with a local church to deliver much-needed supplies to Sandy victims in New Jersey.

Hill Robertson said he doesn't want to be called a hero, but rather a good role model to his little girl.

"She said, 'Daddy can you help these people?' and I said I would do everything I could," said Robertson.

Robertson said he decided to help those affected by Sandy because it was the right thing to do. He called in a favor to a buddy with a trucking company and plans to fill a semi truck with supplies, then deliver it himself to those who need it up north.

"I wanted to do something that I knew something was getting done instead of sending my money somewhere and not knowing that it's getting done," said Robertson.

Robertson also reached out to Mike Hudson, the associate pastor at Ortega United Methodist Church. Mike Hudson then went online and found a church in Bloomfield, New Jersey that is acting as a shelter and needs anything they can get for the victims of the storm. 

"I said, 'If we send you a truck of food and blankets and clothes and stuff, could you use that?' and he said in his best New Jersey accent, 'Yes,'" said Hudson.

Hudson and Robertson said they are hoping to fill the truck over the weekend with things like blankets, sleeping bags, clothes, non-perishable food and baby supplies.

"Whatever they can get, we're hoping to have everything packed up Sunday night, Monday morning and have it up there as soon as we can," said Robertson."I've been watching it for days and felt like, I finally needed to do something. It’s the worst thing I've ever seen."