North Carolina’s Children Need a Helping Hand
Families in eastern North Carolina are still trying to piece their homes back together after Hurricane Florence tore through their lives.
Thousands of North Carolinians are still piecing their lives back together after Hurricane Florence slogged through the state, dumping eight trillion gallons of rain over a four-day period in September. Nearly every major river in eastern North Carolina reached record flood level and what the wind didn’t damage the water did, destroying homes, schools and businesses. The flooding overtook entire communities and, in some cases, entire towns.
The floodwaters were devastating. For a great many, the loss was incalculable. Even if the floodwaters hadn’t reached all their possessions, the mold finally did, and everything has had to be thrown away. Everything. Every single possession.
In the end, 33 of the 100 counties in North Carolina were declared a federal disaster area.
The storm caused an estimated $22 billion of damage.
More than 160,000 students missed 10 or more days of school.
Even today, sidewalks and curbs continue to be piled high with mattresses, sheetrock and all types of household items as people continue to clean out homes and assess the damage.
It’s difficult to fathom how the storm affected the children of our state. Many, many little lives have most certainly been disrupted. More than 160,000 students missed 10 or more days of school. Some schools just reopened in November. Many kids lost their homes and all of their belongings. Many are living in temporary arrangements until homes are rebuilt or repaired. But several thousand kids remain homeless.
While most storm recovery efforts remain focused on critical needs such as housing, repairing infrastructure and reopening schools, we want to help the kids affected by Hurricane Florence – in a way that will restore what it means to just be a kid.
That’s why we have created Operation: Toy Storm.
1: Give Some Hope: Bring NEW, unwrapped toys to any one of the drop-off boxes that are located throughout Raleigh and the surrounding areas.
2. Shop Online: Shop directly through Online Wishlist by purchasing items on the Operation: Toy Storm wishlist
3. Donate Today: Donate money and we will buy the toys for you. Click here to donate online.
4. Organize a Drive: You can also organize your own “Operation: Toy Storm” toy drive at your business or organization. Or, if you’re planning or participating in an event bringing people together – collect toys there!