The storms may be over, the winds may have died down and even the floodwaters are receding. But for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and many other areas of the South and Southeast, life is still far from normal.
In addition to safe places to stay, many people lack the small, crucial but frequently overlooked basics of life: toothpaste, toilet paper, eye drops or socks.
“Houston, much of the gulf coast, Florida, and many other areas in the Southeast, will be dealing with the aftermath of Harvey and Irma for a long time,” Merdis Totten, plant manager at Plastics Color in Asheboro, NC, said of the storms that slammed into our coastlines.
Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in late August, leaving more than 300,000 people without power along the Texas gulf coast and in neighboring Louisiana. It displaced some 30,000 people and caused damage in excess of $70 billion. More than 70 people died.
Irma roared across islands in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm, weakened and then intensified to a Category 4 before coming ashore on Cudjoe Key, FL. Crossing the Florida Straits, it made a second landfall near Marco Island, FL before moving up the peninsula, causing damage to communities on both coasts of the Sunshine State. More than 30 fatalities were recorded and damages are still being assessed.
“Here in western North Carolina, people want to help but don’t always know what they should do or what the people there need,” he said. “Plastics Color wanted to make the relief process a little easier.”
Plastics Color is partnering with two nearby organizations, Hearts With Hands and Trinity Transport, to provide ongoing relief for victims of the storms.
Based in Swannanoa, NC, Hearts With Hands (HWH) is a non-denominational Christian charitable organization that provides physical, spiritual, medical, economic and other aid to victims of poverty, natural disaster or famine. Trinity Transport, a trucking company with headquarters in Lexington, NC, is making a tractor-trailer available. Trinity works frequently with HWH. Plastics Color is furnishing the drop-off location at its warehouse facility at 1134 NC 49 South, Asheboro, NC.
The tractor-trailer, which can hold thousands of pounds of supplies, has been delivered to the PCC warehouse where it will stay until Sept. 29. Trinity will then drive it back to HWH for distribution to storm-ravaged areas.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to donate, Totten said, but should contact him or Angie Gallimore, executive coordinator, at 336-629-9184 to arrange a time to bring their items.
Necessities include non-perishable food as well as baby supplies, bedding, cleaning supplies, hygiene items such as mouthwash, soap, underwear and feminine products, and medical items such as bandages, bug spray, sunscreen and non-prescription drugs. Financial donations are also welcome. A full list is available below.
“We at Plastics Color, Hearts With Hands and Trinity Transport believe that we have a Christian duty to look out for each other and take care of our fellow citizens whenever and however we can,” Totten said. “We’re all part of a larger family and can only hope that our efforts make a difference for those still in need after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”
Pop-Top Can Goods (Soup, Vegetables, Meat)
Breakfast (Dry Cereal, Pop Tarts, Granola Bars)
Peanut Butter 100% Fruit Juice (20 oz or smaller)
Sports Drinks (20 oz or smaller)
Individual Snacks (Crackers, Rice Krispies)
Individual Fruit (Fruit Cup, Applesauce)
Water (Bottled, Gallon)
Trash Bags (Kitchen, Large Heavy Duty)
Diapers (All Sizes)
Baby Food (No glass)
Underwear (All Sizes)
Socks (All Sizes)
Plastic Bags (Storage, Gallon)
Shaving Cream (Travel)
Body Wash (Travel or Regular)
Bar Soap Shampoo (Travel or Regular)