Supply Drive to Help 4-H Families Impacted by Hurricane Florence

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Vanload of cleaning supplies and foodSeptember 26 Update: The first load of cleaning supplies and food items were delivered on Tuesday to the Swansboro area of Onslow County. Additional donations will be delivered to other areas where needs are identified. Thank you for your support of these efforts.

The following information was made available through a flyer distributed by the N.C. 4-H office.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast the morning of Friday, September 14, 2018, causing catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and widespread power outages across the Carolinas. As the storm moved inland, from September 15 to 17, heavy rain caused widespread inland flooding, swamping cities such as Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Swansboro, to name a few. Millions of North Carolina residents lost their homes, property, livestock, crops, and businesses.

Our 4-H friends across the country helped us during our time of need during the most recent: Matthew, Floyd, and Fran. 4-H Clubs, 4-H’ers, individual, volunteers, and County Agents contributed the much-needed essential supplies including cash donations, to us during our time of need. Supplies and money that was collected by our 4-H family across the country was sent directly to our families in need.

North Carolina 4-H would like to ask that you help our fellow 4-H families in SE North Carolina by collecting the following supplies, which will be collected at the State 4-H Office, located at 520 Brickhaven Drive, Raleigh. All collections by Monday, September 24 will be delivered immediately on Tuesday, September 25. Other supplies collected after Monday, September 24 will be delivered as needed on later dates. Immediate needs include:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Roof tarps
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers – adult and children
  • Baby food
  • Feminine products
  • Canned goods and other staple goods

Other items needed in the coming weeks/months, to be delivered at a later date, include:

Clover Packets – Fill shoeboxes with educational supplies that kids and adults can use while they are living in temporary housing.

Suggestions of things to include:

  • 4-H curriculum, activity sheets to use for educational studies, coloring books, crayons, pens, paper

Essentials Kits – Use boxes, baskets, book bags, plastic storage tubs (smaller ones) to pack essential items for these people to use while they are displaced wherever they are.

Kits to be packed around the following themes:

  • Non-Perishables – include diapers, formula, wipes, hand sanitizer, bottled water
  • Hygiene items – soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloths, laundry detergent
  • Craft supplies
  • Game supplies
  • First Aid supplies

We would like to ask that you select a coordinator per county/district to communicate with our state team so that we can keep track of what we are doing to help our 4-H Families. Contact person at NC 4-H is:

Dave Herpy

NC 4-H Camping Specialist

(919) 515-8483

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