Churches organizing to accept, distribute relief donations
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, September 13, 2018
“Prepare for the worst and hope for the best” has been the mantra in the lead-up to Hurricane Florence. A local charitable organization wants to be prepared for the worst once the storm passes by.
Disaster Recovery Partners of Pitt County was formed in 2016 to aid individuals who needed recovery assistance following flooding associated with Hurricane Matthew.
The organization’s mission continues “to assist in identifying the unmet needs of those affected by disaster, and to coordinate access to resources that would provide relief,” according to the organization’s website.
The organization announced Thursday local churches are organizing to accept donations to aid in storm recovery.
Items being sought include but aren’t limited to nonperishable foods, water, disposable plates and utensils, toilet paper, hygiene products, baby supplies including diapers and wipes and batteries.
Cleaning supplies, specially bleach, liquid dish detergent, mops, brooms, gloves and scrub brushes also are needed.
No clothing is being accepted at this time, said Rodney Coles, organization president.
Coles said at this time individuals who want to make financial donations should give to American Red Cross. Donations can be made by visiting www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-435-7669.
Ten area ministries are participating in the distribution the effort so far.
“Any other churches that would like to open their doors to receive donations would be appreciated because getting volunteers to staff can be hard and we would welcome them as partners,” Coles said.
Coles can be reached at 252-717-9600.
Once the hurricane has passed donations will be accepted at the following locations:
■ Churches Outreach Network
1713 Albemarle Ave.
Contact Rodney Coles at 252-717-9600
Hours: Mon-Fri- 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
■ Holly Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church
755 Porter Road
Contact James Tripp, 252-531-2993
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon
■ Greater Mount Zion Christian Church
3872 Avon Road, Grimesland
Contact: Joe Dixon 252-347-1984 or Lind Dixon 252-864-7668
Hours: Monday 10 a.m.-1p.m., Tuesday 6-9 p.m., and Thursday 6-9 p.m.
■ Grifton Mission Ministries
6499 North Highland Blvd., Grifton
Contact Billy Tarlton 252-531-1931 or Elaine Tarlton 252-253-8677
Hours: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday
■ Community Fellowship Ministries
4111 S. Main St., Farmville
Contact Lester Gay 252-814-4516 or Rose Gay 252-714-4513
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
■ New Dimensions Community Church
1700 W. Sixth St.
Contact Eve Rogers 252-258-4206 or Ray Rogers 252-531-3034
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
■ St. John Missionary Baptist Church Soul Saving Center
2921 Briery Swamp Road, Stokes
Contact Gregory Black 252-341-1576 or Patricia Black 252-413-9173
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
■ Antioch Church Ministries
2659 Railroad St, Bell Arthur
Contact Charles Lewis 252-327-2339
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon
■ New Wynn Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
191 Package Craft Road, Bethel
Contact James Lindsey 252-236-5763
Hours: Lindsey to schedule time
■ Anointed One Ministries
7271 N. Edge Road, Ayden
Contact Judy Hart 252-746-2722
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.