Girls group starts donation drive in Tarboro

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Girls group helps out hurricane victims
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A girls group is taking the time to help Hurricane Matthew victims

TARBORO, N.C. (WTVD) -- A group of girls from Edgecombe County are helping communities ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. Since flooding in the county closed schools, the members of Michael's Angels Girls Club have been using their days off to collect donations for flood victims.

"I love doing this," shared Jeanyzha Jenkins. "I know some kids they're like, 'Ugh, I don't want to go to this, I want to play with my video games or my phone!' But I want to come here and I want to help people."

The drive to help others is essential to the club's mission. The girls range in age from 8 to 18. Members fold donated clothes, organize donations, and help people take packages to and from their vehicles.

The community responded by delivering non-perishable food items, toiletries, backpacks, shoes, and clothes.

Flooding devastated James Miler and his family's mobile home in Tarboro. He's grateful for the donated items to help his family.

"It's wonderful man, it helps out with the whole community," Miller said.

Terry Brown of Princeville has been in shelter at Tarboro High for eight days. He will need the support of Michael's Angels and other groups since he is moving to another shelter, so students can return to school Thursday.

"We need more people to do things like that for the community," Brown said.

Jenkins and her Girls Club sisters will return to school knowing they've made a difference.

"Being a girl in this club, it really makes me feel strong like I can do better things in this world," Jenkins explained.

Michael's Angels Girls Club is located at 216 Main Street in Tarboro. The office opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.

The group is accepting non-perishable food items, toiletries, new or gently worn shoes, and men's, women's, and children's clothing of all sizes.

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