On November 8th, Hurricane Matthew began producing massive amounts of rain on the eastern part of our state. In the days and weeks that followed, images were produced of the severity of the flooding and damages left in the wake of the massive storm. At the request of several community partners, PHI at Davis House served as a community wide drop off location for donations for folks in eastern NC that have been and are continuing to be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. For those of you who do not know, the worst is not over for many folks in rural eastern NC because several major rivers have still not crested which means the water is not going anywhere and is likely to get worse. The Greenville area (where ECU is), Lumberton, and Robeson county in general are most adversely effected.
PHI joined the Flow Auto Centers as a community drop off point. The response by the Wake Forest community has immediate. Those affected by the storm were being housed in shelters and were in need of basic items. Over the course of the next several weeks, PHI began to receive;
-Non-perishable food items that don’t require warming (granola bars, etc.)
-female hygiene items
-Toiletries (deodorant, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, etc.)
-First Aid kits
-Basic OTC Medications
-Latex free gloves
-Diapers & Wipes
On December 1st, PHI was able to load all these supplies and more onto a large trailer provided by Energize Ministries. This support by our community was a great starting point in addressing the needs of our state and the long road of recovery that is ahead. For more information about how to support and get involved in this process, please check out Energize Ministries, http://www.ncdisasterrelief.org/, https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-matthew-relief-fund/, as well as many other organizations that are working with those affected.