Hurricane Hero Tony Alsup
How One Man Saved Hundreds of Animals
in Texas and Florida as Hurricane Harvey pounded the Gulf Coast. When he finished there, his mission shifted to helping animals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. It’s said that character is defined by the way someone acts when no one is watching. Many people heard of Alsup’s bravery after the devastation of Florence, but as news stories turned to sports, politics, and business, America slowly moved on. Victims of the hurricane who lacked supplies received less national attention, but more than a month later, Alsup’s commitment to the cause was as strong as ever. Living out of the back of the bus for weeks, he drove pets out of the persistent flooding and convoyed shipments of desperately needed supplies to the coastal Carolina towns. You can follow Tony’s commitment on Facebook. He’s not asking for money or fame; he’s just a person with heart to serve, using social media to promote awareness about those who desperately need our help. If you’re wondering what drives such a person, you can find it written at the bottom of every update he posts: “Love y’all, mean it.”
In the wake of destruction, it’s easy to focus on self-preservation. After all,
fight-or-flight instincts are hard-wired into our brains so that we can survive dangerous situations. But while fear drives the actions of many in times of chaos, there are a few who find greater strength in compassion. Tony Alsup considered the potential devastation of Hurricane Florence as he sat comfortably in his home in Greeneville, Tennessee. Rather than sit back and watch, the truck driver by trade packed up an out-of-commission school bus he’d bought and set off to South Carolina with one goal in mind: to save as many animals as possible. Stopping by every shelter he found along the coast, Alsup rescued over 60 cats and dogs in both North and South Carolina and took them to Foley, Alabama. The heroic efforts of Alsup saved the lives of many animals, but it wasn’t the first time he’d rushed into danger for a good cause. He’d originally purchased the school bus, which he turned into Noah’s Ark last year, to save animals
Enjoy the Holidays!
Enjoy a two-hour tour through Beaufort’s historic district, where you can view the homes that are spectacularly decorated to celebrate the holidays. Stroll through over 280 historic homes located within Beaufort; 150 of these over 100 years old or older and some dating back to the late 1700s. People of all ages are welcome to take the tour and attend the Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company afterward. The admission fee covers the local guide; restaurant gratuity; your meal choice off the brunch or lunch menu; drinks, including coffee, tea, mimosas, or bloody marys; and tax. New Year’s Eve at Aqua Where: Aqua Restaurant, 114 Middle Lane, Beaufort When: Monday, Dec. 31, 5:30–11:59 p.m. Admission: Prices Vary Website: aquaexperience.com Now is your chance to enjoy the last evening of the year with a fantastic dinner. Chef Jay is offering festive specialties, including their fresh catch and delicious bread pudding desserts. Call ahead and make reservations in advance to ensure that you’ll have an evening filled with good food and a glass of wine to greet 2019.
Looking for events to get you out of the house to enjoy the holidays? Here are a few local events to put on your winter agenda. Olde Fashioned Holiday Farmers Market Where: Carteret County Courthouse, 300 Courthouse Square, Beaufort When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 4:30–8:30 p.m. Admission: Free! Website: oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org Less than a week before Christmas, don’t forget to catch the fourth annual year of Beaufort’s holiday farmers market! Attendees will enjoy spending the evening with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, strolling down Lollipop Lane, free gift wrapping, music, and food. If you haven’t had a chance to check everyone off on your Christmas list, now is the perfect time. There will be over 60 vendors for you to browse through with handmade trinkets and homegrown treats. Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout Where: 400 Front Street, Beaufort When: Every Sunday, Dec. 2–30, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission: $69 Website: hungrytowntours.com/sunday-brunch-holiday- walkabout
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