LUMBERTON — Robeson County residents, the beneficiaries of so much support following Hurricane Matthew, are now being asked to pitch in.
A local effort has been launched by the National Association of Christian Churches to collect items to truck to Texas, where Houston and other parts continue to be hammered by Harvey. Harvey, which hit as a Category 4 hurricane, is now a tropical storm, but continues with the rain that has caused devastating flooding. As many as 50 inches are expected in some places.
The National Association of Christian Churches has been assisting with Matthew recovering efforts for almost a year.
“We are taking a non-perishable foods, water, cleaning supplies, bleach, and clothing. Anything that they want to bring in we will get it to the people of Houston,” said Pastor Jose Ortega.
Items can be dropped off at warehouse No. 4 at 2130 W. Fifth St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; shipments are planned for every two days.
This storm is hitting close to home for Ortega.
“The National Association of Christian Churches, we’re based out of Houston. Our home has been affected, it means a lot if the people of Robeson County are able to send supplies over to the people of Houston,” he said.
“The most needed items are diapers, new underwear, personal female products, hygiene items, baby products, dog and cat food, pillows, blankets, and cleaning supplies,” said Angelica Ortega, the pastor’s wife.
She said people who want to help can also check out The National Association of Christian Churches website at www.nacchelp.org.
“We understand what it feels like,” said Linda Oxendine, the director of Public Services in Lumberton who is assisting with the effort. “We want to be there for Texas but we are still trying to help our community.”
Oxendine wanted to remind people of the need locally for furniture as people return to homes. She said anyone wanting to make such a donation can call Veronica McLoud at 910-671-3833 to find out how to do so.
Reid Beaman can be reached at 910-816-1989.