Relief efforts organized for N.C. tornado victims

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Communities in northeast North Carolina are coming together to help those hit hardest by the tornadoes that tore through the area Friday evening.

“I have never seen so much damage,” said Gabriel Adkins about Elizabeth City, an area that received more storm damage than others. Many families lost everything. Six homes were destroyed in the city and another 16 throughout Pasquotank County.

“I just feel like it could be the other way around, ” Adkins said. “It could be me in need and I would want the people of the community to come out and help me and my family, if I was in need.”

And that’s exactly what many locals did Tuesday evening during an a benefit program hosted by Holy Trinity Community Church.

“We are asking for our city to come together to provide monetary donations, food, and clothing to assist these families,” said 4th Ward Councilman Darius Horton before the event.

Some dropped of supplies, like water, baby wipes, diapers, and clothes. Others met to gather the donations that poured in.

“They are still coming by the truck loads, car loads and van loads,” said Adkins. “They are still coming. It is not going to stop. We are going to keep on until the last person is helped in this city.”

Once the donations are collected, organizers plan to start delivering them to tornado victims.

Another initiative to help storm victims — The Food Bank of the Albemarle announced Tuesday that it will be opening its in-house food pantry to those affected by the storm outside normal operating hours.

Residents in Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties who live in areas designated by county officials as severely damaged by the storms can visit the Albemarle Food Pantry for emergency food assistance between April 30 and May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

First-time visitors of the food pantry will need to bring a photo ID or a piece of mail to verify his or her residence.

Food bank officials say that people who receive SNAP benefits (or food stamps) and lost food due to power outage or storm damage may be able to get replacement benefits. For more info, you can call your local Department of Social Services:

  • Chowan DSS: 100 W. Freemason Cir., Edenton, NC (252-482-7441)
  • Pasquotank DSS: 709 Roanoke Ave., Elizabeth City, NC (252-338-2126)
  • Perquimans DSS: 103 Charles St., Hertford, NC (252-426-7373)
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