By Charlotte Smith
Since Hurricane Florence ripped through the mother county creating damages for many businesses and residents the needs have grown according to Jill Sampson a Social Work Program Manager with Bladen County Department of Social Services. There has been over 100 families directly impacted by the hurricane currently needing assistance during this holiday season.
The burdens these families are facing have been reported for assistance by emergency management staff members, local school personnel and workers at the social services department according to Sampson. The families impacted add to the department’s list of families and children in need for other reasons.
Sampson reached out for urgent assistance this past weekend on Facebook for support.
“Facebook was a miracle worker,” Sampson said.
Sampson along with Adoption and Foster Care Supervisor, Sheila Berkeley have been working hard to find ways to have every need met. Most all needs have someone committed to providing what is requested, but there are still items we could use, Sampson said.
Donations may be dropped of at the Department of Social Services or mailed to Department of Social Services, Attention Jill Sampson or Sheila Berkeley, P.O. Box 369, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 with Foster Christmas Child in the memo line. If you like to speak with Sampson or Berkeley about ways you may be of assistance you may do so by calling 910-862-6800.