ABC11 teams up with American Red Cross for Hurricane Florence Relief Drive

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On Tuesday, ABC11 Together and the American Red Cross teamed up for a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive.

By the end of the day, the drive had raised at least $243,842.

Though the phone drive is done, you can still click here to donate.

Among the many generous donations were a $20,000 donation from Active Threat Solutions, LLC and a $100,000 donation from Nutrien.

Here's a look at how the money will be spent:

Since it made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 storm, Florence has impacted countless lives in the region, and its impact continues to grow. Cities to our southeast, such as Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Goldsboro and Clinton, are still facing substantial flooding. As of Tuesday, the storm has been blamed for at least 34 deaths, 26 in North Carolina.

In New Bern alone, more than 4,300 homes and 300 businesses were damaged or destroyed, and 455 people had to be rescued from floodwaters over the weekend.

The situation is dire in other cities, too. According to emergency officials, 23 truckloads of military meals and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, which had been nearly cut off from the rest of the state by floodwaters. Residents waited for hours outside stores and restaurants for water and other basic necessities on Monday.


Click here to find out how to make a monetary donation to relief organizations serving Florence victims.

Click here to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as it feeds those impacted by Florence.

If you'd like to donate supplies to help victims in New Bern, click here to find out what is needed the most.

Displaced pets also need your help; click here to find what pet supplies and volunteer services are most needed at animal shelters.