I’m riding down Interstate 5 with Chuck Webster. He’s delivering a repaired tractor to a man whose property was devastated during the December 2006 flooding.
I’ll bring you more as the day goes on, but here are some quotes about his desire to help:
I didn’t do it for the notoriety. I did it because I just wanted to help. I was frustrated with the lack of large-scale help. And then I remembered watching Katrina and not being able to do anything about it.
It started with one weekend. We figured we’d just see who we could help. And then you meet another family that needs help, so we went down for another weekend. And then you hear a horror story that tops that, and soon you’re heading down pretty frequently. There’s so much to be done.
We didn’t know anyone down there. We just pulled up and asked if they needed help. They all said, ‘Yeah, but we’re flat broke.’ I told them it wasn’t a big deal. They wondered how. I was just doing it out of genuine concern for my neighbors.