*UPDATE as of 12/06/2018*
We’re delighted that we’ve been able to support several relief efforts along our southeast coast recently. In October we visited Homewood Elementary School, in South Carolina, to distribute classroom items, backpacks filled with supplies, and books and paper products for more than 2,600 students and teachers. On December 6 we joined several partners in North Carolina to provide classroom materials including more books and 1,500 reams of paper to R. B. Dean Elementary in Maxton.
*UPDATE as of 10/12/2018*
The danger to the coasts continues. Our Florence response is underway and, after some additional mold abatement efforts, we will be able to deliver our first loads of school supplies in a few short weeks. Yet Michael has now left a deadly wake in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, and the reports state that North Carolina could see additional storm surge, impacting areas that were only just finding calm after Florence. We will continue to share news as we partner with the local authorities on the best way to meet their needs. Please check back for updates.
*UPDATE as of 9/19/2018*
We are actively in touch with school staff in Lumberton, North Carolina. Staff are currently working to compile a list of students and staff who have been impacted by the storm to assess their needs, and develop a timeline for when schools may re-open.
School representatives in Wilmington, North Carolina have been able to assess roughly 60% of their schools, and will be completing more as additional roads are cleared. Several schools have experienced major flooding, and many more have additional issues caused by both water and debris.
Second Responder is serving as a conduit between the public wishing to support the area schools’ recovery and the central districts who can best articulate their needs. At this time we are asking for funding, rather than physical school supplies, until we have further information about what items will be needed.
The Kids In Need Foundation is monitoring the path and impact of Hurricane Florence. As rescue efforts are underway, we know emergency operations are critical for the safety and well-being of all those affected. First responders will be in the area providing initial relief with food, water, and shelter.
When the waters subside, our Second Responder® program will be there to provide school supplies to students and teachers following natural disasters. We have provided these relief efforts to many communities, including after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, and last year after Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
In the coming weeks, the Kids In Need Foundation will help supply teachers and students with the critical classroom supplies they will need to reopen the schools and help students’ lives return to normal. Please give to support the teachers and students affected by Hurricane Florence.
Your support will help get students and teachers back into the classrooms as quickly as possible. Thank you for your help.