Story by V. Michelle Bernard
The greatest relief effort need following Hurricane Florence is to assist the almost 10,000 evacuees still living in shelters, says Bob Mitchell, Adventist Community Services (ACS) and Disaster Relief (DR) coordinator for the Potomac Conference.
North American Division ACSDR leaders strongly recommend the requested items (see list below) be ordered from online sources to save shipping costs. They note that Amazon Prime offers free shipping and Walmart offers free shipping for orders of $35 or more.
Transportation, even from the Southern Union Conference to North Carolina, can also be very costly, say ACS leaders. Shopping online can help reduce relief costs by sending products directly to the distributers in the disaster areas.
Nonperishable food items
Diapers (adult and baby)
Feminine hygiene products
Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant,
razors, soap, etc.)
Cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, buckets)
Purina dog food and Purina puppy chow
Disposable plates, napkins, utensils
VISA gift cards
Hand sanitizer and wipes
Towels and wash cloths
Box Fans, dehumidifiers, disposable gloves and masks for cleaning
Plastic food storage containers
Clothing—new clothing from the online sites
Send donations and the supplies listed to one of the following sites:
Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church of Wilmington
1602 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church of New Bern
878 NC Hwy 55W
New Bern, NC 28562
New Bern Seventh-day Adventist English Church
2404 US 70
New Bern, NC 28560
Wilmington Seventh-day Adventist Church
2833 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
Adventist Community Center
332 Old Wilmington Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Please write, Attention to: SDA ACS DR.
The centers are NOT ACCEPTING cold/frozen food, prepared food and bottled water.