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Salvation Army pitches in at local shelter

Published 4:25pm Friday, July 4, 2014

The Salvation Army was quick to lend a hand to the people of Beaufort County once again in the wake of Category 2 Hurricane Arthur.

Due to the risk of flooding in low-lying areas, two shelters were opened Thursday at 4 p.m. in Beaufort County. Northside and Southside high schools provided a home away from home for people to ride out the storm.

On Thursday evening, The Salvation Army gave aid to those staying at Southside High School in Chocowinity. In assistance with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army served dinner and breakfast to the residents staying in the school overnight.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross served 35 dinners Thursday night, and handed out 20 breakfasts on Friday.

“We fed the staff and the residents that came to the shelter some meals,” said Lieutenant Bruce Rabon, commanding officer in Washington. “We went back to the school on Friday morning and fed them breakfast.”

After it was determined there was no major damage in the county on Friday morning, the shelters closed at 8 a.m. The Salvation Army was then planning to travel to the Ocracoke Island to assist, but was called back.

“We have been demobilized right now because there is no need for feeding,” Rabon said. “We are basically on stand-by in case they call us and need us.”

Those wanting to help storm victims can donate online, phone and by texting. Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

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