I write you while sitting in the wonderful, new Hampton Inn in Benson. My wife and I arrived here on Wednesday, Sept. 12, after evacuating our home in Southport due to Hurricane Florence. The hotel is pet friendly and the Benson dog park is next door which has been a blessing for all of us pet owners who evacuated.
The staff have been exceptionally kind, helpful and accommodating during these stressful days of not knowing what was happening at home. They all deserve our special thanks for expressing the hospitality of Johnston County during this difficult time.
I also thank all the retailers of Benson for staying open and helping people. The Food Lion, McDonald’s, China Eight, Waffle House, Jordana’s and the Char-Grill.
We plan to drive home on Thursday, Sept. 20. Thank you all very much.