As Wayne County continues to respond to the historical devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, those who are able are delving all in to help provide relief and support to the many affected by this devastating disaster.
Please continue to pray for those in the midst of the flooding, and the many men and women who are working around the clock to help mitigate through this disaster. The orchestration from the local and state level is nothing short of phenomenal.
Items of note to help clarify some ways that you can support if you are not sure where to start.
* Please do NOT go to the shelters directly to volunteer or drop off donations; they cannot accept donations onsite and have the volunteers needed at this time.
* Shelter Locations for those in need: Carver Heights, 411 Bunche Street, Goldsboro; Eastern Wayne High School, 1135 E. New Hope Rd, Goldsboro; Carver Elementary, 400 Old Seven Springs Rd, Mount Olive.
So how can you help?
* DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED at The Wayne Center, located at the corner of Chestnut & George Street, Goldsboro
Donations are accepted from 8AM - 6PM
Examples of items needed:
- personal hygiene items: toothbrushes / toothpaste/ soap/ washcloths/ shampoo/feminine products, etc
- Non perishable items: fruit cups, beanie weenies, crackers, individual snacks, juice boxes, ensure drink cans, tuna, applesauce, granola bars, etc.
- can openers
- baby wipes
- large plastic storage bins
- New and gently used clothing
- Baby items (Diapers/formula/wipes/onesies/cribs, etc.)
- 5 gallon buckets
- liquid laundry detergent
- scrub brushes
- trash bags
* MONETARY DONATIONS
The United Way of Wayne County is accepting donations that will be earmarked for Wayne County to assist in the relief efforts. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 73, Goldsboro, NC 27533.
* FEMA AID
The following will need to be available to apply: Social security number; address of damaged dwelling; description of damage; information about insurance coverage; telephone number; mailing address; bank accounts & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds; www.disasterassistance.gov; 800-621-3362
* CURFEW: The curfew for Wayne County is NO longer in effect.
* DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. If you encounter flooding, turn around.
* This is NOT a comprehensive list of all efforts countywide. Our attempt was to simply streamline the best way we could to address some immediate needs.
Please contact the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
(919) 734-2241 if you need assistance in connecting with resources. My cell number is (919) 920-5442.
Final note: May you know today and always just how important community is. Wayne County will rise through this, and we will all do so by working and supporting each other.