There was such a positive local response 11 years ago following Hurricane Katrina that several Hillsboro City Council members have had a donation trailer set up again in uptown Hillsboro to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.
The trailer will be located on Governor Trimble Place near The Times-Gazette offices and items can be dropped from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until this coming Wednesday.
Volunteers are needed to man the trailer.
The trailer has been donated by R&L Carriers and the items collected will go to Mathew 25 Ministries, which already has a network in place to direct the items to Hurricane Matthew victims.
Hillsboro City Council member Claudia Klein said that after Hurricane Katrina there was a woman living in Hillsboro who had previously lived in New Iberia, La., which was hit hard by the storm.
“A bunch of us knew her and she talked about New Iberia being a town about the size of Hillsboro and how everyone was without anything. So we had a cattle truck parked uptown and we packed that thing up,” Klein said. “Now there are a lot of people in North Carolina and other places in the same situation and we’d just like to help them out.”
Klein said Hillsboro City Council is behind the trailer being placed in Hillsboro.
Some of the items needs, Klein said, include: canned food with pop tops; soup spaghetti; ravioli; beans; fish; other meat; fruits and vegetables; paper towels; paper plates; napkins; paper cups; plastic utensils; soap; tooth brushes and tooth paste; shampoo; baby food; diapers and diaper wipes; single serving items like granola bars, raisins, peanut butter with crackers and oatmeal; cleaning products; disinfectant wipes; water; juice; instant coffee; powered milk or shelf milk; instant tea; pet food; all sizes of band aids; antiseptic creams; aspirin; and peroxide.
Klein said Mathew 25 Ministries will also find appropriate uses for monetary donations.
“The people of Hillsboro were so giving the last time, and they always are,” Klein said. “That last trailer was so packed you couldn’t get anything else in there.”
Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina with flooding rains, the storm’s death toll in the state rose again on Thursday, climbing to 28, The Associated Press reported.
A man who was hurt during the storm in Kinston, N.C. died Thursday, according to Gov. Pat McCrory, who announced the man’s death during a press conference in Lumberton, N.C. McCrory did not provide any details.
Hurricane Matthew dropped up to 15 inches of rain over Eastern North Carolina on Oct. 8 and 9, resulting in historic flooding of creeks and rivers in the region, including the Neuse and Lumber.
Most of the 28 people killed as a result of Matthew drowned during or after the storm. At least 17 were driving or were passengers in vehicles on flooded roads that were swept into deep water.
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