Hurricane Evacuee Welcomed, Offered Work In Nashville

Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 26, 2018

Evacuees from the East Coast made their way all over the country looking for safety and shelter. Some of them ended up in Middle Tennessee.

Dylan Vaughan, a Wilmington, North Carolina resident, said when he first saw Hurricane Florence barreling toward his home, he didn't believe it would actually hit.

"[It] just kept saying Wilmington, Wilmington, Category 4," Vaughan said.

With the path continuing straight for him just days before the storm, he decided he needed to evacuate.

That's when he called his best friend Patrick Raines Jr. to stay with him in Nashville.

The immediate concern became making money while he was away, so Raines Jr.'s stepmom, Judy Raines, took to social media to find him work.

"Within two or three days he had had more odd jobs through the city that I have ever seen an app work for anybody," Raines Jr. said.

An electrician by trade, Vaughan started helping people painting, building shelving units, moving furniture, or anything they needed help with.

"Just 20 to 30 bucks here and there. It's definitely helped out," Vaughan said. "It's just going to be a while before I have any real income coming in."

The calls went beyond offers for work. 

"People saying, 'Keep your head up. We're thinking about you. Anything I can do,' you know food, so it's been really nice," Vaughan said.

Vaughan knows his shed at home is underwater, although he's not sure how seriously everything is damaged.

The time in Nashville has helped make it all just a little easier.

"It's really nice and it's comforting you know, that there's other people in the world that care," Vaughan said.

If you have work for Vaughan while he's still in Nashville, he can be reached at 804-928-2323.

You can donate to him using the Venmo app with the username Dylan-Vaughan725.

Raines Jr. is holding a benefit show on October 24 at The Local where proceeds will go to Vaughan and the North Carolina Foundation.