Accepting Gift Cards, Online Donations for Hurricane Relief

Headlines Detail Hurricane Aftermath

Sometimes all you need to read is the headline to understand the toll that hurricanes have had – and continue to have – on the Carolinas: 

Suicide Raises Florence Death Toll to 41 in North Carolina

Dixon Elementary Students Return to School

Kindness Came in the Form of Gift Cards for Storm Victims in Navassa

Pender Co. Residents Ready for Answers: ‘We feel forgotten’

Homeowners Still Have to Pay Property Taxes Despite Hurricane or Flood Damage

Governor Visits Businesses Affected by Hurricane Florence

Church Still Taking Donations But Says Temporary Housing is Needed the Most

Families Still in Shelters after Hurricane Florence Describe Life Inside: ‘It’s a love-hate relationship’

UNCW Looking at Almost $140 Million in Florence Expenses

Darius Rucker Added to Myrtle Beach Hurricane Florence Benefit Concert

No Shave November Fundraiser to Support Officers Displaced from Florence

Trunk-or-Treat Doubles as Supply Distribution Site for Florence Victims

Community Comes Together to Help Rebuild Carolina Beach Pier

Officials: Damage from Florence in North Carolina at $17B

 Then there are the stories you hear from friends and associates. Keith McClelland, long-time Seattle Carolina Club leader, said a friend told him about storm surge damage in Manteo and months-long school closures in southeastern N.C. …

“Families have had their homes swept away—including those of some teachers.  Many remaining residences are now plagued with mold and other contagions.  

“Meanwhile, the three governmental entities with capacity/responsibility to provide assistance – FEMA, state and local – have been trying to get each other to bear more of the burden.  Result: progress is slow.”                                         

That’s where we can help. The Seattle Carolina Club will collect gift cards during Saturday’s Duke-UNC football game watch, which will be distributed to those in need by the N.C. Conference Disaster Response for the United Methodist Church. Among the most requested cards are Visa, MasterCard, Walmart, fuel and regional grocery retailers and, evidently, Lowe’s based on the headline story above.

If you can’t drop by during the 9:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. game watch at Belltown Pub, your club donations will be accepted online through Nov. 12. The donations will be sent to our partnering organization to best meet the survivors’ needs and requests.

Thanks for your help. Your donations can make someone’s Thanksgiving a little brighter.

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