The generous hearts around the country and in our community have been astounding. We know a lot of souls who want to help. Here are some options and information for you.
First of all, an incredible resource for anyone is the Cumberland Disaster Relief Coalition (CDRC) who has been working tirelessly in the county since Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Recovery efforts have been ongoing and their experience is excellent. They have resources for anything from emotional support, to shelters, to legal support, and more. They also have a comprehensive list of what do to immediately after the storm. Click here to visit their website.
According to the CDRC website, clothing donations should go to Salvation Army, Operation Blessing, or Balm in Bilead. Shelters cannot accept clothing. BE AWARE, clothing donations are not the most effective until after a couple of weeks. The most needed items to start will be diapers, socks, feminine hygiene supplies, and underwear.
Should you be able to donate your time and volunteer, check out local religious groups, UMCOR, and Baptists on Mission.
Work groups and teams can sign up at CrisisCleanup.org. Crisis Cleanup operates like a Craigslist for cleanup crews.
For an overnight group willing to work in Fayetteville or Lumberton, visit the CDRC website here.
Money can be donated in a lot of different ways and to different organizations. Should you wish to investigate organizations yourself, here are some sites to check out: Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Give.org. The CDRC also recommends the Cumberland Community Foundation, CDRC-NC (their own fund), UMCOR, the Red Cross, Baptists on Mission, and other church denominations.
The Charlotte Observer also published a list of charities recently. Their list includes All Hands and Hearts—Smart Response, the Charleston Animal Society, Diaper Bank of North Carolina, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and the Disaster Recovery Network. Click here to see their complete list.
There are a lot of charities and organizations doing great work already. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. This will be an ongoing recovery effort in North Carolina.