"I think it's gonna register tomorrow, or tonight," said Annazette Riley-Cromartie, as she maneuvered her shopping cart through the aisles of a New Bern Target store.
Cromartie, her disabled veteran husband, and three children were treated to an all-expense-paid shopping trip to Target after donations poured in for them from across the country.
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The James City family's rescue from their flooded out home was captured on the front page of the New York Times.
"It seems so surreal," Riley-Cromartie told WCTI. "Even now, I can't really, like, look at the picture 'cause that's my daughter. That's my kids. We almost died."
One man who did see the picture was Michael Handy, a former news reporter in New Bern who now lives in Florida.
He wanted to help Florence victims, so he set up a GoFundMe page and drove all night to New Bern to connect with the Cromarties.
"I now work for Target in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida," Handy said. "But, I had no plans for my birthday. I didn't know what I was gonna do. And the hurricane happened, and I knew exactly what I had to do."
With $1,100 in donated money to spend, Riley-Cromartie filled her shopping cart with essential items such as pots, plates, silverware, towels, and washcloths.
But she was also able to pick up a few toys for the kids, who lost their playthings in the floodwaters.
"For us to be able to get this is a blessing," she said.