By Erin Smith
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.
Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Disaster Relief Coordinator, 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.
Disaster Relief supplies can be picked up for people in need at the new center from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The center is closed on Wednesday nights and Sundays.
Robeson said, as of Thursday, she is aware of two other disaster distribution centers operating in the county. They are:
*Centerville Baptist Church located on NC 53 in Kelly. They are open from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and a free lunch is served from 12 noon and evening meal at 4 p.m.
*Spaulding Monroe Cultural Center located on NC 211 Business which is being overseen by the Disabled American Veterans. Hot meals are available. Disaster Supplies are handed out from 1 until 4 p.m.
For those wishing to donate gently used clothing, Robeson advised contacting the churches that offer a clothes closet or reach out to churches in the flooded areas.
Robeson also said any retail stores who would like to donate items to the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Site are welcome to do so. She said new clothing, new bedding, new towels, and cleaning supplies are desperately needed.
If you would like to volunteer with the Bladen County Disaster Distribution site, contact Robeson at 910-549-4735.