Our project is still going strong. Luckily, we have found more clients and victims of Hurricane Florence are moving back home and we are able to provide them with furniture and housewares. Since our last report in December, we have assisted about 10 families who finally completed repaired or found affordable housing for their families.
One particular family has been coming to see us since October 2018, just to check in on us. Never once did she ask for help. Her entire floor was gone from the flooding experienced during Hurricane Florence. She needed subfloor, flooring, cabinets, walls, and a house. She was able to get assistance with repairs from several other organizations and we were thrilled to provide her with a full house off furnishings!
We have made great strides in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Florence, but still have a long way road travel. This fall, we have seem more families complete their repairs and be able to move back home, more than a year after being displaced. One family will move back home Monday December 16 and will receive new bed frames, living room furniture, dressers, and gift cards. This family is sure to have a Merry Christmas this year!
While we have many happy stories coming out of Carteret County, we still have well over 300 families waiting for repairs to be completed so they can finally move back home. Every penny helps us to furnish these houses once repairs are complete.
September 12, 2019 marked the one year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and we at CW4R are still going strong. It was an emotional day for us as we were able to move a family back into their newly repaired home on September 12. We supplied the family with a queen bed, a twin bed, dresser, kitchen table and chairs, sofa and loveseat, living room tables, linens, pots and pans, dishes and silverware. We finished the move with a gift of a prayer blanket and a blessing on the home.
In the past year, we have supplied over 650 families with furniture, linens, and housewares to help them recover from the complete devastation of Hurricane Florence. It has been a remarkable year of recovery, but we still have a long way to go.
We have been able to achieve wonderful things through this grant and as a part of our Furniture Replenishment Project! Since starting this project, we have purchased 100 mattress and box spring sets, 50 dressers, 30 couches, and 25 dining tables. This furniture has helped over 45 families get back on their feet. One family had been living in a tent or staying in their car if the weather was terrible. Many people had been sleeping on the floor since Hurricane Florence because their old furniture was destroyed. We are grateful for all the support! There is still lots of work to be done here to get everyone back to normal, and we are committed to helping as many as we care. Many are still in the repair process, and many more still just waiting their turn.
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