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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Long-term hurricane recovery continues in Pender County, volunteers needed

Port City Proud volunteers take a breather on Monday, September 24, 2018. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)
Port City Proud volunteers take a breather during Hurricane Florence relief efforts in Wilmington last year. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

PENDER COUNTY — Volunteers are needed in Pender County, according to Pender County Long Term Recovery Group’s recent needs assessment.

Pender County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) formed after Hurricane Florence to help streamline relief efforts among church and non-profit organizations.

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Though Hurricane Dorian’s strongest winds narrowly avoided the Cape Fear region, long-term work for Pender County residents still working to recover from Hurricane Florence is still needed.

“I’m glad that we didn’t have to be set back much with Dorian,” Olivia Dawson, Pender County’s disaster recovery relief and volunteer coordinator, said. “We had the resources in place to be able to tackle any challenges.”

“All we need now are the hands to do the labor,” Dawson said.

However, there’s still work to do, according to Dawson. Dorian’s rains and winds could have compounded damage still left from Florence. Dawson said Pender LTRG is working to identify those in need of assistance and coordinate all relief organizations.

Volunteers are the group’s biggest need at this time. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer can call Pender LTRG at (910) 663-1379 or email

Pender County Christian Services (PCCS) is also looking for non-perishable food donations.

PCCS, located at 210 W Fremont St, Burgaw, NC 28425, operates year-round to assist Pender County families and individuals in need and, since Hurricane Florence last year, has been assisting hurricane survivors with food, clothing, cleaning supplies, household items, some furniture, and many other items needed to get back into their homes, according to Board Chairperson Barbara Hardin.

“At the present time, our Food Pantry is especially in need of canned veggies (green beans, garden peas, corn, tomatoes or tomato sauce, mixed veggies); canned salmon and chicken breast; condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc.); boxed mac & cheese; pancake mix and syrup; cake mix and frosting; boxed mashed potatoes, etc.,” Hardin said.

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