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One Bladen County church needs help recovering from ravages of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has left an indelible mark on Bladen County and its residents. For one church, the scars are painfully clear. Live Oak United Methodist Church in White Oak has stood silent as moisture from Hurricane Matthew has caused mold and mildew to begin to grow inside the church and its fellowship hall.

The church was established in 1892 in northern Bladen County. The church has obtained an estimate of $21,000 for mold removal; however, the costs to clean up and remove the mold could end up being much more, according to  Go Fund Me page set up by Charlene Cain Fowler. The Go Fund Me page was a way the church could attempt to raise the money needed to help with repairs and mold removal. Cain’s post does note that a mold remediation program is  in the development stages.

According to Cain’s post, the church is also seeking out other possible options. Currently, it is “very harmful for anyone to enter the doors of our church, especially our young children and our older congregation members so, for now, this building stands empty and silent.”

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