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Groups, Red Cross rally to help storm victims

Posted April 16, 2011
Updated April 14, 2013

— The American Red Cross and other groups are helping fellow North Carolinians affected by Saturday's tornadoes and severe storms on Saturday.

The North Carolina Baptist Men were helping people in Lee and Bertie counties were some of the greatest damage was reported.

International relief organization Samaritan's Purse is dispatching three disaster relief units of trained emergency workers to the eastern part of the state. The emergency teams are based in North Wilkesboro in Wilkes County, within three hours of the areas hit hardest by tornadic storms.

They are seeking additional volunteers to assist with relief efforts. Visit their website to volunteer or make a donation.

Wake County and the City of Raleigh are organizing people for future volunteer efforts. Interested people can call either the Wake County Emergency Operations Center at 919-856-7044 or  send an e-mail to Raleigh Assistant City Manager Dan Howe via daniel.howe@raleighnc.gov.

The county is also collecting storm debris to aid in clean-up efforts at various sites in the area.

"It is very important that only trained workers aid people affected by the storm," Wake County Emergency Management Director Josh Creighton said in a statement. "While we truly appreciate the spirit of generosity, it can be extremely dangerous for volunteers and those they are attempting to aid."

People can donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-733-2767 or giving online. The Red Cross is also seeking registered nurses to assist storm victims. Call Denise Kissel of Wake County Human Services at 919-946-3731 to volunteer.

The Salvation Army is partnering with American Red Cross to offer food and water to storm victims.

The Salvation Army Mobile Disaster Unit has delivered meals to victims in the Cardinal Grove Community and was serving the Stony Brook North community on Monday. Free water is being given out at The Salvation Army facility at 215 South Person St.

Movers not Shakers in Raleigh has offered to move tornado victims' belongings to a storage unit for free this week. U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to those affected by the storms. The Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport hotel is offering a discounted rate to tornado victims, as well. People should ask for the distressed passenger rate.

People poured into shelters across central and eastern North Carolina after the storm, Red Cross officials said.

Approximately 20 families and two bus loads of Shaw University students stayed at Southeastern Raleigh High School.

Eighty-seven people went to three shelters in Cumberland County, and more than four dozen stayed overnight. About 50 people showed up at shelters in Johnston County, although only about two families stayed overnight.

So far, in Cumberland County, the Red Cross has given out 1,200 bottles of water, 480 meals and 600 snacks.

Shelters open on Monday

Wake County
Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest

Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive, Garner

Cumberland County
Westover Recreational, 277 Bonanza, Fayetteville

Harnett County
Triton High School, 215 Maynerd Lake Road, Erwin

Lee County
SanLee Middle School, 2309 Tramway Road. Sanford

Bladen County
Bladenboro Middle School, Main Street, Bladenboro

Onslow County
Enon Chapel Baptist Church, 102 Barber Ave., Midway Park

Red Cross volunteers will provide warm meals and a shoulder to lean on for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs. Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family. This includes:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Food that meets unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents 
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items 
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys 
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled 

Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted. 


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  • fourhhughes Apr 18, 2011

    I just went to Heritage high school. They no longer need kids clothes. They are in need of bras, men clothes,stuff to drink,soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer,deodorant,femine products and games for the kids

  • jamar32806 Apr 18, 2011

    Does anyone know the address to Heritage High School in Wake Forest? I have items that are needed.

  • ashleyreginaphipps Apr 18, 2011

    If you'd like to donate to help aid relief efforts across our incredible state, I have started a NC Tornado Relief fund via the Causes application on facebook. The link is here: http://www.causes.com/causes/605552

    All proceeds go to Samaritan's Purse and their natural disaster relief efforts for our state. Please consider joining this cause on facebook, donating what you can, and then posting the link to your own facebook to create awareness and raise money to get our state back on track.

  • j-lo93 Apr 18, 2011

    proud to be a Baptist and proud to be a North Carolinian :)) NC Baptist Men Disaster TEAM -- YOU GUYS ARE A SHINING EXAMPLE OF GOD'S LOVE. THANK YOU for all that you do!
    AND THANK YOU to the many. many others out there giving your time and talents!

  • lets-spread-peace Apr 18, 2011

    Phantomxj---Heritage High School in Wake Forest is accepting the following.......> Underwear for boys and girls (tons requested this, all sizes, but 2 women said size 3 girl and size 4 or 6 boy)
    > FRUIT
    > Pull-ups
    > Socks for women, men, boys and girls
    > Specifically little girl size 4 leggings, comfortable clothing, PJs, size 8 shoe (several girls this size)
    > 4t/5t boys clothes, 7 1/2-8 shoe
    > Board games, playing cards > Pillows/blankets > Juice boxes/ other drinks besides water > Large trash bags > Hand sanitizer > In need of boys clothes and underwear- all size Teenage items

  • lets-spread-peace Apr 18, 2011

    calsnana6--The shelter at Heritage High School in Wake Forest is in need of 3T/4T clothing for girls.....they are also in need of boys clothing and teenage items for the victims.

  • uncleekie1 Apr 18, 2011

    Is there anywhere we can donate clothing and small apliances to the victims here in Raleigh?

  • calsnana6 Apr 18, 2011

    Please give info for childrens clothing. I have very nice clothing for 2 to 3 yr old girls. If anyone knows of any place. please post .. I have been trying to look online with no luck

  • Humungous Apr 18, 2011

    meargle: There's no shortage of "porch potatoes" in the area. As soon as the power and TV cable are are back in service they'll go back inside and you won't have to look at them. For some, it's a cutural thing to sit on the porch all day doing nothing.

  • tarheelfan4life2005 Apr 18, 2011

    I don't understand why my neighbor was told by the Red Cross that they had no resources to help him, but I read on WRAL they are out and about helping others....We are in Johnston County, but get no help??