Opportunities to help remain as ENC recovers from the storm

The recovery of Eastern North Carolina communities in the wake of Hurricane Matthew is a long-term effort, and so is the desire to help.

Donations continue to be made through monetary contributions and food collections, and fundraisers and community events offer other ways to help. For those who have been impacted by the storm there is also federal assistance available.

On Tuesday, Rotarians put their motto “Service Above Self” into action.

Rotary District 7730 District Governor John Scibal attended the special event, in which Morehead City Noon Rotary President Randall Parker presented a check for $25,000 to The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina on behalf of the district for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. The district includes Onslow and Carteret counties, and the presentation was made during a meeting of the noon Rotary Club of Morehead City.

“With 99 Rotary clubs located across the flood affected area, Rotarians stand ready to serve,” Rotary officials said via a news release on the donation.

In addition to this week’s contribution to the Salvation Army, Rotary District 7730 has established a website, matthewreliefnc.org, where anyone interested can provide ongoing financial aid and support through on-site projects to be conducted in affected areas.

LOCAL HELP

If you are interested in making a donation directly for disaster relief efforts in Onslow County, the Jacksonville-Onslow Disaster Relief Fund, administered by United Way of Onslow County, remains active and donations can be made by texting the words onslowdisaster to 91999.
Those wishing to volunteer to help clean up debris or make minor home repairs can call United Way at 910-347-2646.

OTHER WAYS

Direct donations are not the only ways area residents can show their support for community members affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Picking up a snack or meal at several area McDonald’s locations on Oct. 28 will make a difference.

A percentage of sales from all 29 of the Dixon Foods McDonald’s restaurants will go to help its employees directly affected by the hurricane.

“Our local McDonald’s family has been devastated by what has happened in and around our communities,” said Wade Dixon, local McDonald’s owner/operator. “We see our communities as home and our people as family and we want to support them in any way we can.”

The McDonald’s restaurants include all eight Jacksonville and Richlands locations, including the ones in Wal-Mart.

BENEFIT CONCERT

Music fans may want to grab a ticket for the Feels Like Carolina flood relief benefit concert to be held Nov. 18 at Minges Coliseum in Greeville.

The country band Parmalee is returning home to North Carolina, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for flood relief efforts in Eastern North Carolina.

Joining Parmalee for the concert event will be Grammy-nominated country duo Thompson Square, newcomers Runaway June, local favorite Luke Combs, and RCA Nashville artist Dee Jay Silver.

For tickets visit feelslikecarolina.com.

FOOD AND FARM

As part of the disaster declaration for North Carolina, assistance is available for eligible Onslow County residents who may have lost food due to power outages or other storm damage or area farmers who may have experienced losses.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced this week that 13 additional counties, including Onslow, were approved for disaster food and nutrition services. Residents in the county who had damage to their homes or lost food due to prolonged power outages who do not currently received food and nutrition benefits may qualify for one month of disaster assistance.

Applications for food assistance will be taken Oct. 27 to 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Onslow County Government Center, 234 NW Corridor Blvd. in Jacksonville. To apply, residents must provide proof of identity and proof of residency.

Family farmers in the primary counties of Duplin, Pender and Gates counties as well as contiguous counties including Jones and Onslow may be eligible for disaster assistance if they had physical or production losses.

Farmers in Onslow and Jones counties should contact the Farm Service Agency office at 4026 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville to apply. June 13, 2017, is the deadline for filing an application.