'I had me to offer': Durham man drives to Kentucky to assist in aftermath of storms

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By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter

Mayfield, Ky. — The devastation from tornadoes successful occidental Kentucky has galore wanting to help. At slightest 74 radical died in that authorities alone.

A Durham antheral was deed hard by what helium saw connected the news, truthful helium deed the road.

Matt Harris couldn't halt watching the wrenching news.

"Watching the quality erstwhile the tornadoes came through, and the radical missing their household close earlier Christmas," said Harris.

Harris, who's 37, who lives alone, who works 2 jobs - didn't person overmuch wealth helium could nonstop to the hurting radical of Kentucky.

"I had maine to offer," said Harris.

So, helium went. He near Monday morning.

He threw a clump of tools successful his Toyota Camry and headed westbound connected I-40.

Twelve hours done Knoxville, Nashville, Clarkesville, Eddyville, and yet to a shattered municipality called Mayfield, Kentucky. To spot the demolition up close.

"It takes your enactment away," said Harris.

He slept successful his car, successful a religion parking lot.

When helium says: "I person maine to offer," that includes operation and electrical skills.

He signed up to beryllium a unpaid with Samaritan's Purse, the North Carolina-based assistance radical led by Franklin Graham.

"I've talked astir [going] each time, but for immoderate reason, I don't. I perceive to radical who archer maine I shouldn't. This time, I was similar 'I don't attraction what radical archer me, I'm going'."

But the occupation is enormous. What tin 1 man, from 650 miles away, do?

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"It's overwhelming, but you fundamentally conscionable commencement somewhere," said Harris. "It'll instrumentality an service of people."

Matt Harris saw a request and said: "I person maine to offer."

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