How To Help Hurricane Matthew Victims
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Sitting in the green room at WGHP in High Point, I watched as reporters and the studio anchors covered the Governor's press conference updating North Carolinians on the status of Hurricane Matthew damage. As of Tuesday, October 11, hundreds of thousands are still without power in North Carolina. Fourteen have lost their lives and three are still missing. Over 50 shelters are currently housing thousands who have been displaced by Hurricane Matthew. The threat of continued and rising flooding remains. Many counties in eastern North Carolina have been declared disaster areas by both the state and federal governments.
The road to recovery will be a long and difficult one. In the face of adversity, however, everyone comes together to provide shelter, food, clothing and compassion. And that's what we're now seeing as relief services head east to meet the needs of the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
Here in the Piedmont Triad, we were spared the brunt of the storm. But we can offer assistance to our neighbors who were not as fortunate. Here are a few ways to help:
American Red Cross
For those who want to DONATE online specifically to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, the American Red Cross has set up a page for donations. To text a $10 donation, text MATTHEW to 90999. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply.
To donate blood, visit the American Red Cross homepage and enter your zip code to find the nearest blood drive location.
The website also has information for those who are interested in volunteering their time.
The Salvation Army
For those who want to DONATE online specifically to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the US, The Salvation Army has set up a page for donations. To donate by mail, write "Hurricane Matthew" in the memo line of your check and mail it to The Salvation Army, PO BOX 1959. Atlanta, GA 30301.
To donate supplies, please first contact your local Salvation Army to ask if they are collecting supplies and, if so, what supplies they need. Here are some area contact numbers:
307 W. Gate City Blvd. 336-274-0259
821 S. Aycock St. 336-273-1366
1311 S. Eugene St. 336-273-5572
301 W. Green Drive 336-881-5400
901 N. Cleveland Ave. 336-723-6366
2688 Peters Creek Parkway 336-785-3842
1411 S. Broad St. 336-725-9923
2850 New Walkertown Road 336-499-1196
Asheboro: 472 E. Dixie Drive 336-328-0891
Burlington: 812 N. Anthony St. 336-227-5529
Lexington: 314 W. 9th Ave. 336-249-0336
Baptists On Mission
Located in Cary, NC, this faith-based group has been providing meals and supplies to victims of Hurricane Matthew. Groups in the Piedmont Triad that want to collect canned foods, cleaning supplies, toiletries and diapers for donation are encouraged to do so, and then deliver the donations to one of two drop-off locations in NC:
Red Springs Mission Camp (910-843-7700)
114 Industrial Road
Red Springs, NC 28377
Shelby Mission Camp (704-487-5599)
302 Sharpton Road
Shelby, NC 28150
Please call to arrange drop-off time. For more information on Baptists on Mission, visit the website.