In the following weeks after Hurricane Florence devastated the coast of North Carolina, the North Carolina Baptist Men and Baptists on Mission sent volunteers and various forms of aid to the affected areas.
One of the forms of aid being provided by volunteers is serving hot meals. At one point, the organizations had ten mobile kitchens across the coast serving meals every day. As of Thursday, October 11th, only one kitchen remains, still serving 6,000 meals a day.
Over 1,030,000 hot meals have been prepared and served by the North Carolina Baptist disaster relief teams.
Another form of assistance is recovery and reconstruction. Removing fallen trees, debris, and putting tarps on roofs are all some of the ways volunteers have served the victims of Hurricane Florence.
One group from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Frog Pond Performance, both of Oakboro, went to Laurinburg and Laurel Hill to do just that. The group included Benjie Burris, Cody Burris, Callie Burris, Neil Smith, and Donnie Joe Whitley. Benjie Burris considered the time to have been a very eye-opening experience. So many people are still struggling and in need of help in order to recover. He stated, “We were able to help the ones that couldn’t help themselves.”
Over 1,900 jobs have been completed by the volunteers and teams, and 1,500 projects are still underway.
Lastly, supplies are being distributed from 20 different sites across North Carolina. Goods like cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, water, baby formula, clothes, and much more are being given out to the people in need.
“Seeing the determination of the people there was truly a blessing for us,” Burris added. There are still people in the long process of recovery, slowly on their way back to a normal life thanks to the aid from volunteers like this team, and many, many more.
For more information about disaster relief and ways to get involved go to www.baptistsonmission.org.