Earlier in October, Hurricane Matthew damaged homes and businesses in the Triangle area. But in communities south and east of Wake County, in particular Robeson County, the hurricane caused major devastation. Many homes, businesses, and roads flooded, and many homeowners in the Robeson County area are still in shelters weeks after the hurricane dissipated.
The following message is from Catherine Campbell, Area Director of the North Carolina District East Civitan club.
Thanks to Linda Craft & Team from Local Civitan Clubs
Thanks to Linda Craft & Team Realty, the Civitan clubs of Wake and Durham Counties were able to provide a big truck full of desperately needed food, personal care items and clothing to a shelter in Robeson County. This was the hardest hit area from Hurricane Matthew and hundreds of people are still in shelters. We were one of the first trucks to arrive to help these people. We made it known to all volunteers and donors that Linda Craft & Team donated the truck. Because of the horrible plight of our fellow North Carolinians, the truck was offered outside the normal charity practices of your realty company. You are to be commended.
Five Civitan clubs in Wake County and three in Durham County quickly put together a plan to help our neighbors. As part of the plan, we sorted the donations into three categories: food, personal care and clothing. The personal care articles included diapers and depends, shampoo, soap and washcloths, towels, mosquito spray and a multitude of other items that are necessary to our lives. Included were a ton of sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases to be distributed to the most elderly, disabled and sickly people in the shelters. A few donors included cleaning supplies for the shelter itself.
We picked up the truck at your office at 9:30 Friday morning. The first stop was in North Ridge where items were collected from neighbors and the North Raleigh and Wake Forest Civitan Clubs. We then proceeded to the South Raleigh Clubhouse where both South Raleigh and Durham had their items ready to load. I thought the truck was full when we left this location. When we arrived in Garner, one smart member pointed out that we needed to ensure that the load didn’t shift and block the door from opening. Ropes were laced to hold the contents and the final 25 bags were loaded. Now the truck was unconditionally fully loaded!
Our arrival in Robeson County was met by 25 members from 3 Civitan clubs in Robeson County. These people were overwhelmed with emotion to receive these gifts. Tears were definitely shed. The club members unloaded in just a matter of minutes and put the contents of the big truck into smaller trucks and took them off for distribution. They asked us for this method of giving out the supplies because when the first truck arrived Thursday there was a near riot. People were so desperate to receive these supplies that they were overreacting. We felt very lucky to have locals take care of distribution of the donations.
Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such good, caring citizens in our community. This project would not have gotten done without your help.
Catherine Campbell, Area Director
North Carolina District East Civitan
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