Need is great for cleaning, school supplies; Here's how to give

Posted October 14, 2016

— In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the many groups gathering donations are focused on flood cleanup, collecting household cleaning supplies that can help those in need. That's about all to be found inside the donation boxes at the Cary Fire Department.

"We are looking for things that can help them get their lives together as quick as possible, in a safe way. that means that sanitizers to clean their houses," said Loren Cone, Cary assistant fire chief.

All nine of Cary's fire stations will serve as community drop-off sites on Saturday and Sunday.

"Best case scenario, we run out of room," Cone said.

The fire stations have asked for donations of: GoTriangle Storm Relief Bus Here to Help: Give money, time, goods to storm relief

• Hand sanitizer
• Body soap
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Razors
• Toilet paper
• Shaving cream
• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Diapers
• Baby wipes
• Feminine products
• Disinfection wipes
• Paper towels
• Rubber gloves
• Large trash bags
• Scrub brushes/sponges

Firefighters will sort the donations and make sure they get to those impacted by the flooding.

"It's going from our hands to the hands of the needy. So we are going to load it up, and on Monday we are going to go to Red Springs," Cone said.

The North Carolina Education Association is hosting its own drive. Thousands of teachers and kids will return to school next week after five days off, but some won't have the materials they need in the classroom.

"We have field staff employees across the State of North Carolina, and we will go and pick up those materials ourselves and bring them to Raleigh and bring them to the counties, the eastern parts of the state that need those," said Mark Jewell, NCAE president.


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