ECU volunteers help clean up Kinston park damaged by Matthew

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – East Carolina University professors, administrators and staff members spent Monday morning getting their hands dirty cleaning up the Neuseway Nature Park and Campground in Kinston to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

“I come here with my grandchildren, so it is really important at a personal level and an institutional level that we are here and be as helpful as we can,” said Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost.

Flood waters from Hurricane Matthew destroyed most of the property.

“Kids learn so much, and so we have to get it open and back to where it was in a hurry,” Mitchelson said.

Director of Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Bill Ellis said having ECU leaders come and help makes a huge difference.

“East Carolina always comes through in a pinch, and they are here today showing they are a part of all of eastern North Carolina, and they want to make a difference,” Ellis said.

Mitchelson said he’s ready to see the doors reopen so he can bring his grandkids back to learn.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can contact the park at (252) 939-3302.

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