Community Foundation nears half million in donations for Disaster Relief Fund

By on September 9, 2019

From left to right: Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation; State Representative Bobby Hanig; Earl Pugh, Chairman of the Hyde County Board of Commissioners; Taylor Sugg, President of TowneBank Northeastern North Carolina; Bob Woodard, Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners; Scott Brown, President of the Outer Banks Community Foundation; Rufus Pritchard, Chairman of the TowneBank Dare County Board of Directors; Jane Webster, Vice-President of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. (Photograph by Shane Moore, Twiddy & Company)

As of 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has reported raising $415,000 in contributions for the Disaster Relief Fund for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands — an effort that began on Friday.

By the time you read this story, however, that number will have gone up, since according to Community Foundation Executive Director Lorelei Costa, “every minute, we are getting another donation.”

While contributions are coming from local residents and entities, Costa adds that “a ton of people across the county are contributing to Ocracoke and Hatteras, because they know [the Outer Banks] and love it. And our community is generous after a disaster.” According to Costa, they have received more than 1,600 contributions to the relief effort to date.

Earlier on Monday, the Foundation announced a $150,000 contribution to its disaster relief Fund from TowneBank.

“Our hearts go out to the Ocracoke and Hatteras communities as they rebuild their homes and businesses,” said Taylor Sugg, president of TowneBank Northeastern North Carolina.

“We’re still in the very early stages of assessing the needs,” said Leigh Brindley, Long-Term Recovery Coordinator for Dare County. “My social workers have already identified 100 families who are going to need some level of help, and there’s going to be more.”

For State Representative Bobby Hanig, the generosity of the community is part of what sets the Outer Banks apart as a place to live, work, and visit.

“What amazes me: when things happen on the Outer Banks, no one pulls together like we do. We take no time whatsoever to pitch in and help someone out. The outpouring of relief and the folks who want to come out and help is just remarkable,” he said.

The Community Foundation is gratefully accepting donations to the Disaster Relief Fund in Dare and Ocracoke. Please go to www.obxdisaster.org to make a secure donation online, or mail your check to OBCF, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949, with “disaster relief” written in the memo line. Or call 252-261-8839 for more information on how to give.

 

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