An overwhelming amount of unmet needs...
Life changed for so many of our residents in September 2018. Our worlds were turned upside down when Hurricane Florence hit. Though she was downgraded to a Category I hurricane, we had flooding of unimaginable levels. Please scroll through the photos to get a taste of the impact of Hurricane Florence.
Imagine being displaced from your home for up to 3 weeks, and many Pender residents did not have an inhabitable home to go back to, and trying to rebuild your life from scratch. 80% of Americans already live paycheck to paycheck, even without a disaster. Many of our residents lost jobs, homes, and vehicles to the storm, and are trying to figure out how to rebuild from scratch.
Despite homeowners insurance, FEMA, and other charity organizations that brought aid, there are still overwhelming unmet needs in our county. We estimate that as of February 2019, there are still almost 200 homes that still have not even been mucked out from floodwaters, often leaving families living in moldy, wet homes, falling down around them. There are thousands of residents impacted that need help rebuilding or finding household goods, as we had almost 8,000 households impacted in our county.
We need YOU
Whether you are an accountant or a military officer, each of us brings personal skills to the table. If you can donate an hour a week, or 10, we need your help! Please contact us if you have the time to get involved in our community. We are currently seeking:
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At this time, we have been overwhelmed with generosity of clothing, miscellaneous items, and water. We are asking at this time to PLEASE not send these donations.
Unsolicited donations require supporting agencies and impacted communities to take staff and volunteers away from providing direct assistance to survivors to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of our survivors. If you have already collected items, please consider donating them to a non profit organization in your community that accepts in kind donations.
At this time our main needs include like new household goods and furniture. If you have a quantity of a specific item, such as sheet rock, that you wish to donate, please fill out our donation form