Hurricane Matthew has caused devastation and destruction for several countries globally. Here in the U.S., Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia have experienced the loss of lives and homes. There are several ways to get involved with helping hurricane victims. Over the weekend, Cary fire stations accepted donations of hygiene and cleaning items. Many places are also accepting food donations.
In addition to these donations, Raleigh state museums are helping by collecting children’s books. Drop-off donations began Saturday, October 15.
Several families affected by Hurricane Matthew have lost everything. Donations through the fire stations and other places are giving people a way to move forward. The local museums are hoping that by receiving children’s books, they can offer a source of hope and comfort for children.
“Books and stories can serve as an escape from our daily troubles, and it is our hope that this effort will bring some joy and comfort to the families affected by this storm,” said Susan Kluttz, Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary.
Locations for the book drop-offs:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh
North Carolina State Capitol Historic Site, 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
The books will then be delivered to the various counties affected. If you are unable to go to these locations, but still wish to be involved, you can visit the Town of Cary, North Carolina’s website for further information. Any monetary donations can be made to the North Carolina Disaster Relief.
For other ways of getting involved with donating books, you can visit the First Book website. First Book is an organization that gives books to children in need in the United States and Canada. First Book give books to children who are from low-income families and to schools that are under-resourced. The book donations are to help children love reading recreationally as well as increase their passion for learning. First Book has currently given over 135 million books and resources to families.
Even spreading the word about these causes can help!
Take care, friends!
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