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Sept. 22 hurricane relief efforts


Saturday, September 22, 2018

The following organizations are collecting donations and helping people affected by Hurricane Florence:

Philippi Church

Members of Philippi Missionary Baptist Church, 2665 W. Virginia St., Simpson, will collect gently worn and new clothing items to donate to New Bern flood victims from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Items such as bedding, household goods, baby and children’s clothing/items, toiletries and bottled water will be collected also. For more information, contact coordinator Valarie Gatlin Walker at 916-6409 or Pastor B.K. Berryhill at 814-4050.


The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina is gathering and distributing resources for the local migrant farmworker populations through its office at 261 Belvoir Highway. Persons who wish to donate time or goods or to volunteer in other ways should contact call 367-8779, visit amexcan@amexcannc.org or follow AMEXCAN on Facebook at Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, Inc. or other social media.


Disabled Americans Veterans Post 37 is receiving donations for veterans affected by Hurricane Florence between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 5 at the JOY Soup Kitchen, 700 Albemarle Ave. Items needed are bottled water in gallon-size jugs; canned food and hygiene/toiletry items, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, toothbrushes and feminine products. Monetary donations are also welcome. Make checks payable to the Department Service Foundation and send to P.O. Box 28146, Raleigh, N.C. 27611. Funds will be used strictly for purchasing items and/or providing grants for Hurricane Florence relief for veterans and their families. Learn more about DAV's Disaster Relief Program at https://www.dav.org/veterans/outreach-programs/disaster-relief/. 

A Home Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-451-1954 is available for hurricane survivors.

DisasterAssistance.gov provides a simple form that can help persons check what types of assistance may be available to meet their needs. Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/find-assistance

Red Cross

The American Red Cross urges people in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to care for patients in the Southeast and throughout the country. Locally, blood drives will occur at the following locations:

■ 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Eastern N.C. Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

■ 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, ENC Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive

■ 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, ECU Mendenhall, West 10th Street

■ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonsburg Road

Monetary donations are also needed. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or at 1-800-RED CROSS. 

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened an Business Recovery Office in the Small Business and Technology Development Center in East Carolina University’s Willis Building, 300 E. First St. The center will help businesses that lost revenues and suffered damage due to the storm apply for no-interest SBA loans. Some nonbusiness entities and residents also may be eligible to apply. The office will provide assistance to residents of Pitt and neighboring counties. Pitt County businesses are eligible for assistance because Pitt is adjoining county to several that are federal disaster areas.