More than 130 families in Beaufort County will
receive assistance from Martha's Thrift Store & Food Pantry in
Belhaven as a result of a three month food drive conducted by Cape
Hatteras Motel. The drive, "From the Outer Banks to the Inner Banks
with Love," was spearheaded by Jan and Dave Dawson, the motel owners,
after Hurricane Florence in September.
"We here on Hatteras Island know full well what
it is like to recover from a hurricane, " said Jan. "The needs go far
past the immediate, so that is why we targeted the Thanksgiving season
to make our delivery."
Martha's is a non-denominational non-profit run
by volunteers from six churches in the Belhaven area. "This will mean
so much to the families we serve," said Roy Williams, a member of
Martha's Board and the Food Director. "We just can't say thank you
enough to all of the donors who supported this effort."
Motel guests throughout the fall season brought
donations once the word got out on social media and by word of mouth.
But there were also other donors as well.
"We had visitors on the island who were not
staying with us just stop by to drop off donations and to say hello,"
said Dave. "We even had folks mail us gift cards so we could
purchase additional supplies to take to the food pantry." Dawson
also noted that the Buxton NAPA store contributed some of their own
money to put toward the U-Haul rental.
"We initially thought we'd have donations that
would hopefully fill our truck," said Jan. "But the response was
so overwhelming we needed something bigger. We really appreciated the
support from Woody and his team at the Buxton NAPA."
Belhaven is an Inner Banks community that
received significant sound and river flooding during Florence. Many
businesses and families are still working to recover.
"We know that the larger cities and towns got a
lot of attention during the storm," said Dave. "We wanted to go
somewhere smaller, like the communities on our island, who might not
otherwise get any real help."