Florence info announced by RCS

From its website:

HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN EFFECT

Posted on September 16th, 2018

We are working closely with City and County officials in Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties to determine immediate and long-term needs for those in need of hurricane relief. In the meantime, here is some important information for our incredibly supportive community regarding what you can do to help:

CONTACT: Our regular phone number and internet is currently down. If urgent need only, please contact 252-368-6397. This is a temporary, emergency number. If you are looking to donate or volunteer, please check our website and social media for current needs.

ITEMS NEEDED:

– bottled water

– blankets, sheets, pillows, towels (new or gently used)

– shoes for men, women, children

– t-shirts for men, women, children

– pants for men, women, children

– underwear for men, women, children (adults in L, XL, XXL)

– socks

– baby diapers, formula

– baby wipes (for babies and also for adults to “wash” if they don’t have access to showers)

– feminine products

– deodorant

– cleaning supplies (Clorox wipes, mops, buckets, bleach)

– grocery bags

– contractor bags for yard debris

– tape (electrical, duct and packing)

– TARPS

– Box fans

– Utility knives and leather works glove

– Hand sanitizer

WHAT TO DO WITH ITEMS NEEDED: Please COLLECT items from list above, but deliver only the following items to these locations starting Monday, 9/17/18:

CLEANING SUPPLIES to be delivered to Christ Church (Harrison Center) between 9am-3pm

CLOTHES, BLANKETS, SHEETS, PILLOWS to be delivered to Latitude Church (Front Lobby) between 10am-3pm

Although our facility is OK, many roads to our location are flooded and/or closed with transportation limited to emergency vehicles only. We are looking to secure an off-site warehouse for items to be collected, sorted and distributed. Some grocery stores have reopened in New Bern; if you are able, please purchase some extra supplies for those in need. Once we secure a facility for drop-off, we will notify our community to deliver goods if safe travels allow. Please do not attempt delivery to our warehouse at this time.

SHELTERS IN OUR AREA:

– Brinson Elementary

– Ben D. Quinn Elementary

– Havelock High School

– Trent Park Elementary

– Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary

Please check online for availability and shelter needs: https://www.ncdps.gov/florence#shelters

ONLINE GIVING:

We are still working on coordinating efforts for necessary items. Right now, we are asking for needed items to be collected, but not dropped at our warehouse. We are working to secure a storage space and will find out what the shelters need before delivering. If you live out of town and want to help, you can still support our efforts through our online giving. Visit the following site to make a donation. All funds will be utilized for hurricane recovery efforts in our area: https://www.continuetogive.com/4852156

TEXT GIVING:

Text number: 715-803-4772

Message: 4852156

OUT OF TOWN SUPPORT FROM RALEIGH AREA:

We are also in contact with support groups in the Raleigh area:

AlphaGraphics of Raleigh Hurricane Relief Bucket Drive

Carolina Cavalry

If you are in the Raleigh area and would like to donate goods, please reach out to either of these groups. We are working on coordinating a delivery date that allows for safe travels from the west to minimize the number of people traveling to our area. These are credible partners and we appreciate the support from our neighbors to the west!

VOLUNTEERS: Christ Church can use volunteers between 9am-3pm and Latitude Church can use volunteers between 10am-3pm. There will be an overwhelming amount of volunteer support and supplies coming in during the next two weeks. Please understand that volunteer opportunities are first come, first serve. We do not have the ability to create and manage a volunteer schedule at this time so we appreciate your understanding of a flexible schedule. Please check our website and social media for current needs as they may change frequently.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT! We are working closely with our City and County officials and emergency responders to reach those in need. We are blessed with a strong community and truly are grateful for everyone who is helping their neighbor during this crisis.

September 16th, 2018 by
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