How to Help: Salvation Army, churches to provide meals

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Hurricane Matthew left many without their homes, belongings, food or water. For those who want to help, whether that means donating food, supplies, money or time, here’s how you can help.

On Tuesday, the governor activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew to support long-term recovery efforts in partnership with the United Way of North Carolina. People or organizations that want to help ensure North Carolina recovers can visit or text NCRecovers to 30306.

Monetary donations to recognized disaster relief organizations is also the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of assisting. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.

The American Red Cross has mobilized a massive response effort spanning four states – and this work is just beginning.

Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

To help those right here in eastern Carolina, click here.

The Red Cross is also asking eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Edgecombe County: Monetary donations and offers to volunteer should be made directly through charitable nonprofit organizations that are responding to this disaster. Information is available under the “Hurricane Matthew–Donate Now” on the NC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NCVOAD) website at

The Edgecombe County EOC is helping to coordinate donations of goods for distribution throughout Edgecombe County.  The donation management site is located at 3006 Anaconda Road, Tarboro, NC, and will be open and accepting donations today, October 13, 2016 from 3:00-6:00pm and tomorrow, October 14, 2016 from 10:00am-4:00pm. Please contact the EOC Donations Management Center for additional information at 252-824-0108.

Tip to Remember: Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.


Pitt County: The phone number for the volunteer resource coordinator is 252-902-3976. The county has provided two forms. The  Volunteer Assistance Registration Form is for those who wish to offer Hurricane Relief resources, whether it be volunteer time, goods, or services. The Request Volunteer Assistance form is for those who need to make their needs known and request assistance following Hurricane Matthew.

On Tuesday, October 11, Pitt County Emergency Management expanded its Emergency Operations Center to include a Volunteer Resource Coordinator. Through cooperation with community partners, this position has established two community donation centers for individuals or organizations wishing to donate non-perishable food or goods within their community.

These two locations will each provide a central collection point for areas both north and south of the Tar River. These two locations are:

  ∙ Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 1726 Staton House Road, Greenville NC 27834

  ∙ Taft Family Offices, 2561 Mills Street, Winterville, NC 28590

(Directly across from the Winterville Police Station)

Both locations will be open beginning Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Currently, the items most needed are:

  • ∙ Washcloths and towels
  • ∙ Bottled water
  • ∙ Diapers, wipes and baby formula
  • ∙ Blankets
  • ∙ Toys and Children’s games
  • ∙ Non-perishable food items
  • ∙ Sanitation supplies (mops, brooms, bleach, etc.)

Regular updates on all Pitt County response efforts will be posted on the main page of the Pitt County Website at, as well as the Pitt County Twitter feed via @pittcountync. Information will also be broadcasted on the County’s public Information television channel, PittTv (Suddenlink Cable Channel 13). For more information not listed in these outlets, please call the Pitt County Office of Public Information Hotline at 252-902-3990.


Greenville: The city of Greenville is receiving a large number of requests from people who want to help out during this flooding event. In an effort to better coordinate the support, they have collaborated with Pitt County government and are using the same registration forms for volunteer assistance and volunteer requests.

Here is the access to the Volunteer Assistance Registration Form. Here is the access to the form to Request Volunteer Assistance.

For those interested in donating items in Greenville, please contact The Salvation Army at (252) 756-3388. The items needed include money, toiletries, and non-perishable food items.

Greenville: United Way of Pitt County has released $25,000 in disaster relief funds to the American Red Cross to operate shelter services for residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew in Pitt County.

“United Way of Pitt County earmarked funds for disaster relief in 2014, long before the imminent threat of disaster.  We did this because we are part of the community. We are here long before disaster strikes and long after the flood water recedes,” says Marybeth Eason, Board Chair, United Way of Pitt County.

In addition, United Way of Pitt County has activated a Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund.  These funds will be used for relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Donations to this fund will be used to help Pitt County storm victims with both immediate and long-term recovery efforts.

“Funds raised here will stay local, helping Pitt County residents,” says Jim Ceislar, Executive Director, United Way of Pitt County.

Contributions to the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund can be made online at or checks can be mailed to PO Box 1028, Greenville, NC 27835-1028.

Greenville: The Junior Women’s Association of Greenville @ 252-565-7455 has been hard at work fcaring for the Greenville Utilities men and women as well as the police and fire departments and the American Red Cross. And we’re still going!! Now we have opened a food and supplies bank and wanted to share in case anyone is in need or would like to donate!!

Winterville: N Touch Wireless is holding a food drive at all 28 locations to assist those affected by Hurricane Matthew. They will be collecting any donations, small or large, until Oct. 21.  For more information call 252-215-2258.

Winterville: The Winterville Church of Christ, at 3170 Church Street Ext in Winterville, has been designated a Disaster Relief Distribution Site for the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc. organization.

We have Food Boxes, Water, Personal Care Boxes (Hygiene), Infant Care Boxes, and Cleaning Packs and Bleach. Also in limited supply we have Fans, Bedding, and Clothing.

We will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:00am to 2:00pm and 5:30pm to 7:00pm each of the three days.

People from the flood damaged areas may come by and register and leave with needed items once every week.

We will continue operation as long as there is a need in our community and will be receiving more supply shipments as needed.

For those unable to come out to register, call the office at 252-757-3788 and we will make other arrangements.

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