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Greenville volunteers, donors pitch in

Men from several Greenville churches came together as the “Cajun Country Convoy” to travel to Thibodaux, La., to help Katrina victims, the Daily Reflector reported Sept. 19.

The group was invited by Thibodaux First Presbyterian Church. The volunteers helped with food distribution, construction and transportation for the town of 14,200.

In a separate effort, animal supplies were collected at several Greenville sites, including PetsMart and local veterinarian offices, for animal shelters operated by the United Animal Nations’ Emergency Animal Rescue Service, or EARS, in the devastated Gulf coast area.

Greenville-based EARS regional volunteers managed the animal shelter in Monroe, La.

Lenoir agencies raise funds

Several Kinston and Lenoir County agencies raised money during a week-long campaign, “Together, We Respond,” the Kinston Free Press reported Sept. 12.

Freedom ENC Communications, WCTI-TV, Beasley Broadcasting radio stations, the Daily Reflector of Greenville, the Carteret County News-Times, Lowe’s and Country-Aire Rentals, along with Red Cross chapters in Lenoir, Onslow, Craven, Pamlico, Carteret and Pitt counties cosponsored the drive.

Funds collected for the Red Cross will help defray the cost of relief work in the Gulf area. Collection sites for “Together, We Respond” rotated among locations in New Bern, Greenville, Kinston and Morehead City.

African-Americans band for aid

The African-American Hurricane Relief Committee in the New Bern area organized support from the black community for Katrina relief, the New Bern Sun Journal reported Sept. 14.

The group asked churches to make a special collection Oct. 2 for hurricane relief and also asked black families to make donations to the Red Cross Oct. 3-8.

Brothers sell lemonade

When 14-year-old Franklin Bowers of Trent Woods heard about a Louisiana family who lost everything, he decided to help, the New Bern Sun Journal reported Sept. 10.

He and his 11-year-old brother, Lawrence, sold 10 gallons of lemonade at the Trent Woods Fire Station, raising more than $5,000 for the Red Cross hurricane relief effort.

Beaufort collects supplies

Enchanted Gardens and Paul Woolard Construction of Bath were among the Beaufort County-area groups collecting supplies for hurricane relief, the Washington Daily News reported Sept. 16.

The Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce, Tideland Electric Membership Corp., Salvation Army and Beaufort County Community College Student Government Association also collected relief supplies and funds.

Proceeds from T-shirt sales from Washington’s Music in the Streets on Sept. 16 were donated to the Red Cross and the Beaufort County Arts Council donated proceeds from its pizza sales.

Wayne schools pitch in

Schools throughout Wayne County raised at least $5,500 for Katrina relief efforts, the Goldsboro News-Argus reported Sept. 18.

Eastern Wayne High School presented a check for $2,550 to the American Red Cross from a barbecue plate sale, Rosewood High School collected $1,112 and Northwest and Carver elementary and Greenwood Middle schools, among others, held coin drives.

Meanwhile, volunteers filled a trailer donated by United Van Lines, with Houser Associates donating space for a collection point to collect toiletries, nonperishable foods, baby items and monetary donations, the News-Argus reported Sept. 13.

Rocky Mount hosts families

Several families from the evacuated Gulf coast area have settled in the Rocky Mount area, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported Sept. 11.

The Twin Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross said 15 evacuated families in Edgecombe, Nash and Halifax counties had members whose ages ranged from 1 to 99, with an expectant mother among them.

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church was working to renovate housing for the families through its Total Outreach Ministry.

Nash gives patrol cars

Eight surplus patrol cars from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office were donated to communities in the Gulf coast, the Wilson Daily Times reported Sept. 13.

The cars’ donation and transfer was arranged through the National Sheriff’s Association to law enforcement agencies with the greatest need.

Elizabeth City seeks truck

The Red Cross in Elizabeth City was searching for a transport truck for donated supplies, the Daily Advance reported Sept.13. The group collected two large trailers full of materials it hoped to take to the region.

JROTC leads effort

In Wilmington, cadets from the South Brunswick High School Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps battalion collected donations Sept. 3 and 4, the Wilmington Star-News reported Sept. 14. The cadets raised $3,179 for Wal-Mart’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

Fayetteville aids evacuees

Gulf coast evacuees received medical care at the CARE Clinic in Fayetteville, along with food and lodging provided by five Fayetteville churches, the Fayetteville Observer reported Sept. 14.

The Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross set up a service center at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services and provided one New Orleans family with a $945 debit card.

The Fayetteville churches helped relocate five Louisiana families and provided airplane travel, lodging and food during their stay in the area.

— Compiled by Marion P. Blackburn

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