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Help is available post Hurricane Florence

PENDER COUNTY –  As Pender County residents work to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, many local churches and organizations have extended a helping hand.

“We are thankful for the local churches that are reaching out to their communities,” said Olivia Dawson, coordinator for the relief and volunteer efforts in Pender County.

Scotts Hill Baptist Church and Riley’s Creek Baptist Church are working with disaster relief teams.

Lighthouse Church, Pentecostals of Burgaw, Cora’s Grove Church, Newkirk Chapel Church, Atkinson Baptist Church, and Pender Christian Services have assisted with supplies.

“It is important that residents do not abuse the resources of these churches,” said Dawson. “These supplies are scarce and much needed by our residents.”

Churches, collaborating with various ministries, are serving meals, including Lighthouse Church, Riley’s Creek Baptist Church, and Willard Outreach Community Center.

Gateway Community Church, which has helped people throughout the disaster, will close its distribution center on Oct. 5.

“We are grateful to Gateway Community Church for its service to the Burgaw community,” said Dawson.

“Donations are welcomed by many of these organizations,” said Dawson. “We need cleaning supplies and toiletries.”

“Volunteers are desperately needed,” said Dawson.

“Some of these churches have worked around the clock to care for residents in need,” said Dawson. “They could use assistance.”

Watch Pender County’s website at or an announcement on Pender County’s Facebook page.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the website If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.


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