From the Island Free Press and staff reports.
Various groups are working to meet the needs of Hurricane Matthew’s victims on Hatteras Island.
The list includes:
- Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men. This group runs a food pantry at Buxton United Methodist Men and also has an emergency assistance program for islanders. Checks should be written to United Methodist Men and mailed to Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, P.O Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.
- Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary. Send to P.O. Box 164, Hatteras, NC 27943. Write “Hurricane Relief” on the memo line.
- Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. Send to Hatteras United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, N.C. 27943 with Hurricane Relief in the memo line.
- The Outer Banks Community Foundation is coordinating monetary donations for Hatteras Island and other parts of Dare County. Donations can be made online at www.obx.disaster.org or mailed to the Outer Banks Community Foundation, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Enter Disaster Relief in the memo line.
- The Really, Really Free Market. This group is set up, under the direction of Jenn Augustson, at the Hatteras Community Building, behind the library. It is collecting items that hurricane victims need, and anyone who has been hurt by the storm is welcome to shop at the market for free. Anyone who want to donate items can drop them off at the market.
The current most needed and/ or requested items include:
- Plastic storage totes with lids and permanent markers
- Box fans
- Shaving cream
- Packaging tape and duct tape
- Bug spray
- Toilet paper, paper towels
- Laundry soap
- Toasters or toaster ovens
- New underwear — all sizes
- Razors (especially men’s)
- Cleaning wipes (Clorox/Lysol type)
- Sheets/blankets (new or gently used)
- Dog food/cat food and kitty litter
- Dog and cat flea, tick and heartworm medication
- diapers, wipes, formula, baby items
The market also needs:
- Rubber gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Trash cans, laundry baskets
- Coffeemakers, mixers, bowls
- New women’s and children’s socks, and men’s large socks
- W95 or tc-21c particle respirator
- Safety goggles
- Tyvek suits
- Plastic sheeting
- Rubber boots-knee high, sizes 5-14
Do not send any clothing or household items at this time. To donate listed items contact Jenn Augustson at 252-305-5887.
Cleanup crews still needed.
- For Hatteras- report to Hatteras Fire Department.
- For Frisco- report to Frisco Fire Department.
- Clean laundry mission– need folks willing to wash and dry laundry. Call Marta Martinez 252-216-6436.
Elsewhere in Eastern North Carolina, a number of churches are accepting donations for relief efforts, including:
- Catholic Charities, Harrelson Building., 20 N. Fourth St. Wilmington
- Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service, 208 W. Chestnut St., Goldsboro; 919-731-1525.