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How You Can Help North Carolinians In The Path of Hurricane Florence

Posted by on Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Hurricane Florence is bringing catastrophic flooding to parts of North Carolina. Here are some ways you can help those in the path of the storm:

- Give to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund. Contributions will help with "immediate unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims."

- The Durham Solidarity Center, Southern Vision Alliance, Blueprint NC, Environmental Justice Network, Farm Labor Organizing Committee and other groups have started an effort called A Just Florence Recovery to collect and deliver supplies directly to impacted areas. Canned food, tarps and ropes, hygiene items, over-the-counter medicines, cots and air mattresses, cleaning supplies and plastic bags are needed.

The coalition is also working with Operation Air Drop to fly out of RDU and airlift supplies to inaccessible areas. Supplies can be dropped off at TAC Air Building, 1725 East International Drive, Morrisville. Volunteers are needed there to pack and sort donations.

Other drop-off sites are located at the Durham Fruit Company, the Durham Co-Op, NC A. Philip Randolph Institute, Zog’s Pool Hall, RENA Center and Steel String Brewery. Hours vary by site.

- Donate online to the Eastern North Carolina Hurricane Recovery Fund. Donations will benefit on-the-ground organizations in Eastern NC:

Alphalife Enrichment Center
Associacion de Mexicanos en Carolina de Norte
Brunswick Housing Opportunities
Columbus County Forum
Genesis 457 CDC Kinston Teens INC
Integrity CDC
Kinston Teens, Inc.
Men and Women United for Youth and Families
NC A. Philip Randolph Institute
NC Association of Community Development Corporations

- Contribute to the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina. For every $10 you give the Food Bank can provide fifty meals. You can also donate goods at these locations. According to the organization, these are the most needed items for disaster relief:

· High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
· Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
· Diapers
· Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
· Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
· Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
· Peanut Butter
· Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

- Donate to United Way’s Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. All donations will be distributed to local United Way chapters in affected areas. Or find a local United Way chapter and donate directly, like United Way of Coastal Carolina, which serves Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties; United Way Cape Fear Area, which serves Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties, or United Way of Robeson County

- If you bought extra canned goods, batteries or other items, sign up to share what you've got via Mutual Aid Carrboro and the NC Solidarity Network. The groups are also organizing rapid response teams to take extra supplies to areas hard hit by the storm, like Lumberton and New Bern. Check Facebook for donation drop-off locations in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Mebane, Hillsborough and Holly Springs. Groups are planning to leave as early as Saturday and into next week. Contact organizers or more on how to get involved with supply deliveries.

According to organizers, these are the most needed items right now:

Water
Respirators with filters (best) or Dust Masks
Chainsaws (non-electric)
Protein bars
Gloves
Trash bags
Rope
Crow bars
Waders
an Outboard Engine
Bleach
Gas Jugs

- Department store Belk is working with the Salvation Army to set up mobile canteens. You can earmark your financial contribution to the effort for Florence victims.

- The North Carolina Disaster Legal Services effort, which provides disaster-related legal resources, is organized by the North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. Donate here to support their work.

- Donate online to shelters on the coast, like Walking Tall Wilmington. Contributions to that organization, which assists people in poverty, can made on Venmo (@walkingtallwilmington) or PayPal (@walkingtallwilmington@gmail.com)

- Diaper Bank of North Carolina is collecting diapers, wipes, and cash donations. The organization says it is working with state emergency services to provide disaster relief kits with baby necessities, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence supplies. You can donate online here, drop off diapers at 1311 E. Club Boulevard in Durham, or sign up to pack relief kits by emailing info@ncdiaperbank.org.

The Durham Mayor's Council for Women has also organized a drive to benefit the Diaper Bank. From September 17 to 21, donations can be dropped off at Ponysaurus, Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood and Club Boulevard Elementary School.

- Down Home Alamance and Siembra NC are partnering together to collect donations from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 1246A Plaza Drive. Volunteers are needed to pack boxes Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

You can find more nonprofits assisting with Hurricane Florence aid, along with financial and accountability information, through Charity Navigator.

We'll continue updating this list as we learn of more ways to help out. Got a suggestion? Email swillets@indyweek.com.
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