information about what folks -- on and off the island -- can do to help
those who who need in in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. We
welcome news about needed donations of cash and goods, special needs,
fundraisers, and anything and everything that will assist
islanders. Send the information to email@example.com.)
Fun run and walk will benefit
Really, Really Free Market
Health and Racquet Club in Harbinger will host a fun run/walk
and half-mile run/walk for kids to help the Really, Really Free Market
on Hatteras Island on Saturday, Dec.3 at 10 a.m. The cost for adults
is, $5, plus bring at least one item on the free market needs list.
Kids are $3, plus something on the list. What you get is the run/walk,
festive hat to wear during the event, pizza, soft drinks, beer, prizes,
best costume awards and a great band.
Sign up on www.fsseries.com.
Click on Running Events on the left border and then scroll down the
page to Outer Banks Races and it is listed in December.
For more information, contact Ed Beckley on 252-256-1084 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are collecting Christmas
decorations for hurricane victims
Mattingly and Victoria Gaskins, both seniors at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School, are out to make sure that families in the villages of Rodanthe,
Waves, and Salvo whose homes and belongings were lost or damaged in
Hurricane Irene in August have a brighter Christmas.
The students are active in the school’s DECA organization, which
requires them to participate in competitive events.
Mattingly and Gaskins have chosen a community service project that will
help out their neighbors in the tri-villages.
figure that those islanders who lost everything – or almost
everything—in the storm have also lost their Christmas decorations.
goal is to collect a full Christmas set for 30 families. This includes
a Christmas tree, lights, ornaments, and a tree skirt. They have asked
several large companies to donate lights, ornaments, or Christmas
trees. And they would also appreciate donations from
Collection boxes have been placed at Spa Koru in
Avon, East Carolina Bank in Avon, Sun
Realty in Avon,
Surf or Sound Realty in Avon, Outer Beaches Realty in
Avon, Teach’s Lair in Hatteras, and RBC
The students also will accept monetary
donations. Checks should be made out to CHSS DECA
be mailed to P.O. Box 71, Buxton NC, 27920.
Donations can also be shipped to Irene's Giving Tree, 47468 Highway 12,
Buxton, NC 27920.
For more information, contact Foster Mattingly at email@example.com.
Hawk Kites donates to Hurricane Irene relief effort
the first company-wide staff meeting held after Hurricane Irene carved
a path of destruction across the Outer Banks, John Harris, founder and
president of Kitty Hawk Kites, announced to his staff that the company
would launch a coordinated campaign to collect relief supplies and
raise money for those whose lives had been most severely impacted by
four of his company’s Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island locations
remained closed and inaccessible as a result of the damage to Highway
12, Harris said that all operating Kitty Hawk Kites, Kitty Hawk Surf
Co., and Life is good locations would collect relief supplies and
monetary donations that would then be given directly to the Outer Banks
Interfaith Community Outreach. As a way of encouraging others to
step-up contributions, Harris announced that his company would match,
dollar for dollar, all in-store individual monetary donations up to
Oct. 14, as a result of the kindness of many who have given freely and
anonymously, Harris announced that Kitty Hawk Kites has been able to
deliver three van loads of donated items and match $3,738 in cash
donations to the Outer Banks Interfaith Community Outreach, resulting
in a total monetary donation of $7,476.
been amazing to see the generosity of locals and visitors,” said
Heather Doyle, assistant manager at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head.
“People have been handing us money faster than we can ask them to
Hawk Kites’ events coordinator, Amanda Baker, who oversaw logistics for
the relief campaign, said she’s seen donations of everything from
clothes and mops to bug repellant and cat food.
All supply and
monetary donations given to the Outer Banks Interfaith Community
Outreach remain in Outer Banks communities.
Hatteras village merchants raise
money for tri-villages
Really Free Market open in Avon on Saturdays
Hatteras Island merchants, along with island residents and visitors,
came together Tuesday, Sept. 20, in support of the Rodanthe, Waves, and
Salvo communities with a benefit that netted $1,762. The merchants of
the Beacon Shops -- Sue Jones of Izabelle's Closet, Richard Batterson,
Tracy Whedbee, and Rebecca Dolan of Road's End Gallery and Wine Shop,
and Happy Belly Ice Cream organized the event. Hot dogs were provided
by Burrus Red & White Supermarket,. Pizza was donated by
followed by ice cream, fudge, and smoothies from Happy Belly Ice Cream.
Road's End Gallery and Wine Shop hosted a wine tasting and Izabelle's
Closet put on a fashion show. There were raffles for gift certificates
and merchandise donated from local businesses and distributors. The
organizers want to thank Burrus Red & White, Rocco's, Risky
Business Seafood, Coastal Beverage, Empire Distributors, Tryon
Distributors, Country Vintnor Distributors, and Pepsi Bottling for
their generosity and help in making this event so successful. They
would also like to recognize their staff members -- Jan Scarborough,
Dylan Farrow, and Chris Kersnick --who volunteered their time and
energies to make this event happen for the benefit of our neighbors in
of transportation issues for folks on the southern end of Hatteras
Island, organizers of the Really, Really Free Market have decided to
open up a second location at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. This
second market will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from
Oct. 8 until further notice.
Salvo market will continue every day at the St. Waves Plaza location
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. until further notice.
two markets open, more volunteers are needed. Please call Jenn
Augustson at 216-6558 to sign-up or for other questions.
Unemployment benefits available
Hyde County residents who lost their jobs or could not work because of
Hurricane Irene are now able to apply for unemployment benefits,
according to a release from the N.C. Employment Security Commission
This applies to all workers, even those who are self-employed, such as
Application deadlines are approaching, so those who qualify are urged
to apply as soon as possible
To sign up or for more information, call N.C. ESC at 866-795-8877.
benefit rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20
A group of merchants in Hatteras village are
together for a fundraiser for the northern Hatteras villages of
Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo that took the most damage from Hurricane
The event was postponed for Saturday, Sept. 17, and has been
rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Beacon
Shops at Milepost 71 in Hatteras village.
There is no charge, but donations will be accepted for any and all of
the events of the evening. All funds raised will be donated
the Tri-Villages Assistance Fund.
Starting at 6 p.m., pizza and hot dogs will be served, along with free
game playing at the Outer Banks Amusements arcade. A beer and wine
tasting will follow at Road’s End Gallery and Wine Shop with many of
the samples being provided by area distributors.
A fashion show presented by Izabelle’s Closet will follow the
wine tasting, and then there will be free ice cream, fudge, smoothies
and ice cream cake provided by Happy Belly.
In addition to these shops, contributors include Rocco’s and Burrus Red
& White Supermarket.
FEMA will setup a center at
FEMA today opened a center at the
Center in Buxton to help residents and business owners understand and
apply for the different types of aid that is available to them. A
representative of the SBA will also be there.
The center is open from noon until 7 p.m. today, and from 8 a.m. until
7 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Lowe’s donates cleanup supplies
to Dare County
In the wake of Hurricane Irene,
in Eastern North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia will provide more
than $50,000 worth of critically needed cleanup supplies to the Dare
County Emergency Management team to assist with local recovery efforts.
Dare County officials will distribute the supplies to residents in the
county’s affected Outer Banks communities.
Lowe’s Heroes from Elizabeth City, N.C., and Lowe’s stores in Virginia
Beach, East Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, West Chesapeake, Hampton,
Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., will dropped off the supplies on Friday,
Sept. 9, at the Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo.
The supplies include more than 1,000 brooms, rakes and shovels, 1,100
gallons of bleach, 1,800 five-gallon pails, 22,000 pounds of pulverized
lime and 33,000 trash bags.
The donation is part of Lowe’s pledge to donate $1 million to Hurricane
Irene disaster relief and rebuilding efforts along the East Coast.
“The residents of Dare County have displayed great resilience and unity
in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and the historic flooding it
caused,” said Bill Valentine, regional vice president for Lowe’s.
“Lowe’s asked Dare County officials how we can help, and they provided
a list of critically needed supplies. We’re committed to working
alongside our neighbors as many of them return to their homes this week
to clean up and begin to rebuild their lives.”
Hurricane Irene recovery
assistance is available
A growing number of disaster recovery programs and services are
available in Dare County in the wake of Hurricane Irene. This
list was compiled by the staff of The Outer Banks Sentinel, http://obsentinel.womacknewspapers.com/.
The Dare County website (www.darenc.com)
is offering recovery information online 24 hours per day. The website
includes updated Hurricane Irene bulletins, Department of Public Health
advisories, Dare County Schools information, and announcements about
debris removal and trash pickup.
The Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO) is staffing a telephone
information center to coordinate disaster relief services throughout
Dare County. ICO also provides emergency gap services for food,
utilities, transportation, shelter, medical care, home rehabilitation
and child care and referrals to the Dare County Department of Social
Services, Hotline and mental health providers. For information,
assistance or to make a donation or volunteer, call (252) 475-5758 or
Visitors who had made plans to travel to Hatteras Island and need help
finding other accommodations may contact the Outer Banks Visitors
Bureau at 1-877-629-4386 or visit www.outerbanks.org
Individuals and businesses owners can now apply for assistance from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Available assistance
includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans
and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from
Hurricane Irene. To begin the application process, people are asked to
register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is
open at the Dare County Center at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in
Manteo. FEMA teams are going door to door in Dare County. An advisory
from Dare County stressed that all FEMA personnel must have proper
identification and residents are encouraged to ask for their
An emergency food stamps program soon will be started in Dare County,
along with the other N.C. counties designated as "disaster counties" by
President Obama. Call the Dare County Department of Social
Services at 475-5500.
Disaster unemployment assistance is now available for people whose
employment has been lost or interrupted due to Hurricane Irene. Self-
employed individuals should call (866) 795-8877. Others should call
(877) 841-9617. People may also apply online at www.ncesc.com
or in person at the Employment Security Commission office located at
2522 South Croatan Highway in Nags Head.
programs and food pantries
The American Red Cross is providing hot meals at the Avon Volunteer
Fire Department, the Rodanthe-Waves- Salvo Community Center and the
Salvo Fire Department. The Buxton Methodist Church Food Pantry now open
Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Dare County is providing vans for transportation to points within
Hatteras Island for people whose vehicles are inoperable because
of the storm. The vans are available at the Fessenden Center
the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center. Contact the Chicamacomico
Banks Volunteer Fire Department or the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department
for this assistance.
Dare County is providing free transportation between Rodanthe and
Hatteras village for residents to pick up groceries, medications,
doctor visits, etc. Call (252) 475-5650 to schedule a pick-up time.
The North Carolina Baptist Men is working in cooperation with Manteo
Baptist Church to provide cleanup from the storm. Call (704) 402-4920
for more information. Christ in Action is working in cooperation with
Kitty Hawk Baptist Church to provide cleanup and tree removal. Call
(703) 217-3144 for more information. Operation Blessing of Virginia
Beach is providing cleanup and driveway repair. Call (757) 226-3433 for
Food and supplies may be donated at the ICO temporary office at the
Outer Banks YMCA in Nags Head. These will be delivered to Hatteras
Island and other locations in need.
Monetary donations may be sent to the Outer Banks Community Foundation
by mail to 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949 (designate
"Disaster" on check memo line) or online to www.obcf.org.
All donations will be applied to emergency needs on the Outer Banks.
amounts (truck loads or large items) can be sent to the staging area at
Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo.
NCBBA donates to disaster relief,
will match member donations
The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association Board of Directors approved
an immediate $2,000 donation to help the folks on Hatteras Island, and,
in addition, the NCBBA will match members’ donations up to an
additional $5,000. Also, one member increased the amount an additional
$1,000 for a total of $6,000.
The NCBBA board also decided that the donations should go to The Outer
Banks Community Foundation, which is accepting donations through its
Disaster Relief Fund. OBCF is part of Dare County's emergency
management plan and is the organization that handles all financial
contributions for disasters in the county. One hundred percent of the
contributions are given as grants to a local nonprofit that have been
designated by the county to coordinate volunteers and to meet specific
Below is a link to the NCBBA website if anyone is interested in making
Contribute to a local effort for
Dawn Chitwood Rivers, owner of Kaia’s Kitchen and Market in Hatteras
village, got a phone call from an off-island property owner and
customer, just a few days after Hurricane Irene ripped up the northern
parts of Hatteras Island. Out of that one phone call has grown a
movement on the island to provide food for folks who need it and put
some restaurant employees back to work.
Restaurants participating, in addition to Kaia’s, Sandbar and Grille,
Teach’s, Rocco’s, Finnegan’s, Harbor Deli, Nino’s, and Sticky Bottom
Produce Market have joined the effort.
Rivers says that this is the way it works:
People may purchase platters of food, which are being delivered to the
tri-villages and Avon to displaced residents, rescue and service
workers, volunteers, and homes in the Hatteras Island Meals program.
A $50 donation purchases enough food for 15 people, $100 feeds 30, and
Donations are also being spread to other open restaurants and grocery
stores in the community, and the group has taken food donations from
several businesses as well.
“We’re creating jobs,” Rivers said.
Kaia’s has six paid workers preparing food.
“The more donations, the more money that is injected into local
businesses, jobs are created, and most importantly those in need are
receiving prepared meals in hopes that we can ease a little bit of
their worries in this desperate time,” she said. “So far we have made
enough food to serve over 1000 meals.
If you want to donate, you can click here for the Helping
Hatteras Island Irene Victims Facebook donation site, which accepts
Rivers will also accept checks. You can reach her at (252)
Jennette’s Pier launches donation
During the entire month of September, the staff of Jennette's Pier will
be collecting essential items to distribute to families of Dare County
who are in need after Hurricane Irene.
These items include back to school supplies, plastic totes, cleaning
supplies such as bleach; linens, blankets, clothing including sox and
shoes. White rubber boots are also needed as are personal items like
shampoo and soap.
These items will be distributed “by locals for locals,” according to
Education Coordinator Christen Brown who is spearheading the project.
Just bring your items to the front desk inside the pier house or ask a
staff member for assistance, she said.
For more information, call Brown at 252-1255-1501, ext. 207.
Really Really Free Market open
everyday in Salvo
Kinnakeet Civic Association’s Really Really Free Market will be
today and everyday until further notice at 26006 St. Waves Plaza in
Salvo from 1-3 p.m. Thank you, Suzette Calderia, for securing the
facility! Thank you to Dillon's Corner for collecting items to donate.
If anyone has donations, they can be dropped off at the new Free Market
location, 26006 St Waves Plaza in Salvo between the hours of 1-3
p.m. Volunteers are needed to during the event. Please
Maggie Dawson at 216-7118 to sign up.
Carroll is making a trip up there Tuesday and will be happy to carry up
any donations (see below what is needed) - call her at 995-6643.
- bug spray
- shampoo and conditioner
- baby care items
- cleaning supplies~especially
bleach and trash bags
- storage totes
EVERYTHING WILL BE FREE AND EVERYONE is welcome to stop by and browse
the items available.
Hatteras Island United Methodist
United Methodist Men provide year-round help to the people of
Hatteras Island with a food pantry and emergency financial
Now they will be called on to help not only those who have been hurt by
the economic downturn, but also those who have lost homes, belongings,
or income because of Hurricane Irene. You can email your
tax-deductible cash donations for the food pantry and emergency fund to
United Methodist Men, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.