How to help N.C. after Hurricane Matthew

October 14, 2016

Recently, our local news stations have made me aware of the devastating lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew across our state and I wanted to share this with you all.

We didn’t even lose power at my house, but almost a million customers across our state did, and thousands are still waiting for theirs to come back on. Serious flooding is affecting many highways, roads and cities. Fayetteville, Goldsboro and so many other areas are under water – 39 counties are still under alert for flooding that isn’t expected to peak until Friday. Farmers are experiencing catastrophic losses to their homes and crops. They are unable to use tractors with all the water, so they are desperately trying to salvage what they can from their fields by hand. Millions of poultry have been confirmed drowned in eastern NC. Many hog lagoons are in danger and the environmental impacts of this are still unknown.

Thousands of people are without shelter, without food and need our help. If you are able to, please consider contributing in one of the ways mentioned in the below article. You can donate cash, canned food, blood, clothing or your time. Be sure to check Charity Navigator or GuideStar before donating to any nonprofit.

(My recommendation is to keep your money as local as possible, perhaps the Food Bank of CENC or one of the United Way NC agencies.)

Thanks for your consideration!

Katie and the Green Team