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The second Saturday afternoon after Hurricane Florence was a work day for many in Bladen County. A lot of people were seen taking advantage of the sunny day to start recovering from the devastation left behind from the storm.

Judge Douglas Sasser helped organize a work crew in Kelly. Local volunteers with Boost the Boro, Inc, met at the Farmer’s Market in Bladenboro. The Baptist Men met at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army were helping feed people. The Bladen County Distribution Center was handing out supplies. All hands are needed on deck to help with the recovery effort in Bladen County.

Judge Sasser said, “We need volunteers to come out and help. People are in need and we are helping them but another reason is because our county will receive money from FEMA for each volunteer we have come out and help. Sasser added, “We need to keep track of who is volunteering and how many hours we work.”

There is a desperate need for volunteers to help man the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Site located in the former Paul H. Sessoms building located at 108 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown according to Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Disaster Relief Coordinator.

Robeson, said, “We are in desperate, desperate need of volunteers to come to the distribution site.”

Robeson said there is a great need in the county right now for disaster relief supplies. She said the distribution center needs supplies such as paper products, personal hygiene kits, new towels, new wash cloths, new bed linens, new blankets, cleaning supplies, cleaning buckets, mops, rubber gloves and baby products, baby formula, and Ensure. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. each day except Sunday.

If you would like to volunteer with the Bladen County Disaster Distribution site, contact Robeson at 910-549-4735