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Charities help storm victims start anew

Posted April 27, 2011

— Student apartments at North Carolina State University have become home for about 170 storm victims. 

The American Red Cross set up the living arrangements to help victims like Glinda Brisbon start over following tornadoes that ravaged the state on April 16. They are also giving them money to purchase clothing and household supplies. 

"The Red Cross has really been a blessing. I don't know where I would have went," Brisbon said Wednesday.

Brisbon's house along Marlborough Road in east Raleigh was damaged by eight fallen trees during the storm. 

Although the trees have been removed, the house has been condemned, preventing Brisbon from going inside to retrieve personal belongings.

glinda brisbon Charities help storm victims start anew

The American Red Cross is one of many organizations providing aid to storm victims. 

The Salvation Army is providing food and toiletries.

The North Carolina Baptist Men organization said it has served almost 40,000 meals, and cleaned up storm damage at more than 150 sites. Organizers said they plan to clear about 80 more sites.

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WRAL and parent company Capitol Broadcasting Company hosted an all-day fundraising event last week to benefit the storm relief efforts of the Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, the North Carolina Baptist Men and the Salvation Army of Wake County.

The effort has raised $833,705 so far, and online donations are still being tallied.


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  • bmg379 Apr 29, 2011

    people who are not homeowners and do not have ins are in trouble,guess while I am working hard to get my yard and home back to normal they will sit back and get govt and charity help and yet more handouts as always

  • American56 Apr 28, 2011


  • ccs1920 Apr 27, 2011

    I also had a lot of damage. Between my insurance and my labor, I am quickly getting things back to normal. Charity should be for the handicapped and elderly. Not for those that want to sit back and wait for a handout. Purchase some insurance and a pair of work gloves. Help break the cycle.

  • SaltlifeLady Apr 27, 2011

    HOw did immmigration status get brought up here? Its not mentioned in the story. Neither is anyone asking when the government is going to step in. Where are these referenced from. As far as helping out, choose to or not, but these are people, black, white, Hispanic affected by the tornados. This is about helping people, not helping a race, an immigration status, or a socioeconomic status.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 27, 2011

    "My family is having nightmares", granted not funny, but to ask when is the government going to step in and help as a follow up to that leaves me absolutely speechless.

    Time to go fill up before it hits $5 a gallon.

  • h3ardita11b4 Apr 27, 2011

    American56, wow! By all means, please don't hold back. Go ahead, tell us how you really feel.