USO of NC rolling out to Irma disaster areas to help troops

MORRISVILLE (WTVD) -- The United Service Organizations (USO) of North Carolina has a truck packed up and ready to roll out Thursday.

Staff with the organization is heading to Florida to help the National Guard and soldiers from Fort Bragg who are assisting Hurricane Irma victims.

Darius Crisp, a reserve Marine, is coordinating efforts and is anxious to help fellow service members.

"We're all out there in the same fight," he said. "I feel like just because I have that military connection, I need to be out there helping them. I can't sit back and just watch them. I'm really glad I'm about to support them."

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Crisp thought he was going to be sent to Texas for a couple weeks because of Hurricane Harvey.

Little did he know, Hurricane Irma would soon follow and hit another area of the country.

"It makes more sense for me to go down there to Florida and help out," he said. "I love volunteering, and I love lending a hand."

The USO is heading to the St. Petersburg/Tampa area and bringing down several supplies, such as sunscreen and toiletries.

The group will stay in Florida as long as needed.
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