Ways to Help Hurricane Matthew Victims

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Food, shelter and clothing are three things we often take for granted, but Hurricane Matthew has taken away even these basics from so many people in our state. Their needs are many, but the long arms of local communities are reaching out to help through trusted agencies.

Donate to Girl Scout Toy Drive

Local Girl Scout Troop #160 is working with students from Root Elementary School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and Millbrook Elementary School on a toy drive through Dec. 10 to collect gently used and new toys for the children in rural communities hit by Hurricane Matthew and its subsequent flooding. They are looking for toys that are suitable for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. High on their list are Barbie dolls, cars and trucks, board games, puzzles, children's books, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, new stuffed animals, arts and crafts and LEGOs. The troop is looking for businesses that will allow people to drop off items for donation. In the meantime, you can donate your items by contacting Anne Alman-Troop Leader Girl Scouts #160 at aalman18@gmail.com. Learn more.

Help Through the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is working to provide victims of Hurricane Matthew with food, water, and non-food essentials.

  1. Donate funds online at foodbankcenc.org/matthew. The Food Bank says for every $1 donated, it can provide five meals.
  2. Buy groceries for affected families through the Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive.
  3. Donate these foods or items that are most needed during a disaster. (If you can, drop off items at the any of six warehouse locations as drivers are working on delivering the items.) 

Help Through the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is working to provide shelter, food and relief supplies on the ground to Hurricane Matthew victims. It is also collecting blood and platelet donations, which are in demand because floodwaters in in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, forced the cancelation of more than 75 Red Cross blood drives.

  1. Make a donation to the Red Cross by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  2. Give blood or platelets to ensure there is a readily available blood supply for patients in need. Make appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Help Through the Diaper Bank of North Carolina

In response to flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Diaper Bank of North Carolina announced on Oct. 17 that it is launching an emergency diaper delivery to Lumberton, North Carolina. DBNC will provide diapers to organizations involved in the relief effort. The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is a registered 501(c) nonprofit with a mission with a mission to ensure that every child in North Carolina has enough diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. To donate to the DBNC hurricane relief initiative, visit http://ncdiaperbank.org/donate/.

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Help Through the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

You can now donate a new or used children’s book  to those hard hit by Hurricane Matthew through a book drive organized by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in partnership with the North State Journal. Just drop your book donation in the 65-gallon bins located at these Raleigh locations.

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Help Through the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

Princeville, the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States, is struggling under heavy flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The N.C. African American Heritage Commission has initiated a drive to gather needed supplies for a community where the majority of homes are flooded and many have lost everything. Primary needs are hand tools, toiletries, nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies and new toys and children's books. Deliver donations to the North Carolina Deptartment of Natural and Cultural Resources' lobby at 109 East Jones St. in Raleigh and at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historic Site at 6136 Burlington Road in Gibsonville, North Carolina. For more information, contact Michelle Lanier at (919) 807-6518 or michelle.lanier@ncdcr.gov.

Help Through Dorcas Ministries

Dorcas Ministries is seeking volunteers ages 14 and older to help collect donations for victims of flooding in Lumberton, North Carolina. This volunteer shift will require heavy lifting and organizing the donations.  Please do not sign up if you do not feel comfortable lifting than 20 lbs. Donations will be collected in the empty lot at the front entrance of Dorcas parking lot at 187 High House Road in Cary. Look for the Dorcas Truck. When you arrive for your shift, go directly to the truck and sign in there. You do not need to already be a registered volunteer with Dorcas Ministries. If you have questions about a shift, contact Ellen Frazier at 919.469.9861, ext. 101 or efrazier@dorcas-cary.org. To sign up, visit this link.

Past Efforts

We're keeping track of all the ways the local community has worked to help victims of the hurricane. These deadlines have past but here are some of the ways the community has pull together.

Dinner at “The Sunday Supper"

“The Sunday Supper” invites the Triangle community to join in a meal at a table set for 1,000 that will be stretched down Fayetteville Street between Morgan and Martin streets in downtown Raleigh, noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. Diners will enjoy barbecue and entertainment, and proceeds will go to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew (a tax-deductible nonprofit) to support recovery efforts to repair and rebuild communities damaged or destroyed in central and eastern North Carolina. Tickets cost $20 and are set to go on sale soon at http://sundaysuppernc.org/.

Dining at The Umstead’s Herons Restaurant 

Chef Steven Greene of The Umstead’s Herons Restaurant in Cary has joined Chef Vivian Howard’s cause to raise funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. Howard, star of PBS’s “A Chef’s Life and owner of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, asked her peers to serve eastern North Carolina fish stew as a special and donate the proceeds to United Way in Lenoir and Greene counties. Enjoy Chef Greene’s fish stew during lunch at Herons Oct. 30-Nov. 5.


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