When Dr. Nanette Pierson moved to Hilton Head, S.C., in 2009, she noticed some hungry children in an apartment complex and began feeding a few local families with her retirement funds. Fast-forward 12 years, and the food pantry she started feeds more than 950 people. The descendants of enslaved people, called the Gullah Geeche, face many challenges, and Pierson stands with them. She is working to build an “amphibious” resilience shelter made from a shipping container which will stock critical food and supplies to support Gullah Geeche people who lack the resources to evacuate the area during hurricanes. “The human beings I serve are already so resilient. You can give us just a little and we’ll do the best we can possibly do,” Pierson said.

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