Even in devastation, the Sampson County community is coming together to offer assistance where needed to those residents who have been gravely affected by Hurricane Matthew. The following is a list of events being held locally to provide necessities to those in need:
• US Cellular has announced that they are extending waived voice and data usage for those impacted by Hurricane Matthew until Oct. 16.
• Water and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) should be available at all county fire departments and at the Bellamy Center in Clinton.
• Many generous people have offered donations or services to assist those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The county is still in response mode, but will soon transition to recovery operations. Those wishing to volunteer can call 910-592-8996 to put their name on a volunteer list.
• Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at Midway High School is raising funds to provide families affected by Hurricane Matthew with food to replace what has been lost, caused by extended power outages. Ashley Zillyette-Melendrez and the Midway FCCLA has set up a Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/hurricane-matthew-relief-2t56gyx3.
• Four citywide donation sites set up in Clinton at churches and local businesses. Those who wish to donate items, non-perishables, money, etc. can do so with Charles Ray Knowles and Phoenix Fitt, Pastor Russ and Olive Grove Church, Brian and the Drivers from Sweet Frog and the Cummings at Ribeyes of Clinton. For more information, contact 910-590-2550 or text 910-257-2802.