ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Claude Burns says he usually donates money to an appropriate charity when he sees disaster strike around the globe. But he chose a more direct route when he saw a chemical leak in Charleston, West Virginia, that left 300,000 people without clean water.
The route was I-77, and instead of money, Burns gave more 3,000 gallons of water.
“We can't save the world, but we send water to them,” said Burns, president of Burns Chevrolet in Rock Hill.
Burns came up with idea after watching television news coverage last Friday. He bought the whole stock of bottled water from a local Sam’s Club.
He solicited the help of three of his drivers, who usually haul cars, and they drove trucks full of 13 pallets packed with water bottles. Burns arranged to have the shipment taken to a Chevrolet dealership in Charleston.
“It's just like we brought them life, and that’s what it was. You just don't know how you appreciate the simple things of life until you get in a situation like this," said driver Lowell Hamilton.