Jefferson Award Winner: Jaret Hucks, housing flood evacuees for free


    Former award winner Phil Jackson was back at it again, this time, giving the Jefferson Award Jaret Hucks. (Pic: WPDE)

    "On behalf of the whole community, I want to present you with the Jefferson Award for everything you've been doing for our community here at the midtown, and opened up your home and your heart," said Phil Jackson, as he presented the Jefferson Award to Jaret Hucks.

    Former award winner Phil Jackson was back at it again, this time, giving the Jefferson Award Jaret Hucks.

    "A lot of them, their jobs are under water, or they can't get to their jobs," said Hucks.

    More than 300 people, 65 families, are staying at Huck's Midtown Inn and Cottages in Myrtle Beach, all for free.

    "It's a little straining. But I will be provided for somehow. But my community's helping me and my staff's helping me. I'll be okay," said Hucks.

    As soon as he learned people were being forced out of their homes by flooding, he did not think twice about opening his doors.

    "Those are our neighbors. And you've got to love your neighbor. And that's what we're doing," he said.

    "It has been wonderful. It has been the best thing in the whole wide world. There's clothes, food, we get three meals a day," said Robin Rice, who is staying at the motel.

    Robin Rice is from Conway.

    She is staying at the motel with her daughter and grandson from Bucksport.

    She says she is blown away by the generosity.

    "You know, there's a lot of stuff going on in the world right now. But this has brought out the good in everybody," said Rice.

    Other businesses and organizations saw what Hucks was doing, and teamed up to help.

    He says as long as there is a need, he is here to serve.

    "Everybody's just come running to help and we're going to keep going as hard and long as we can," said Hucks.

    To nominate a member of your community for the Jefferson Award, click here.

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