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Helping Families Impacted by Hurricane Florence
Rachelle Garbarine

Hurricane Florence brought devastating winds and flooding to North Carolina and left hundreds struggling to recover. The Gibbons school community has responded and continues to respond to the need by communicating various ways to partner with area nonprofits to help families rebuild, especially those in places like New Bern, Wilmington, Lumberton, and Fayetteville.

Principal Jason Curtis said, “I’m grateful for the tremendous response from the Gibbons community, and especially for the planning and leadership of our Outreach program led by Gary Meyerl '82, Director of Outreach Ministry. Our school started preparations before the storm and will sustain our assistance in the recovery in the coming months.”

One of the agencies Gibbons has been working closely with during the last week is Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh. As a result, said Meyerl, there are a number of individual and shared ways “we as a Gibbons community can help Catholic Charities make a difference in the lives of those negatively impacted by Hurricane Florence”

Ways to help:

Double your Donation
A key way to help organizations like Catholic Charities is through a cash donation. Thanks to the generosity of a family with ties to Cardinal Gibbons and St. Michael’s in Cary for every dollar donated, the family will match it 1:1 up to $15,000. Already, $5,000 has been collected. Double your donation.

Donate Goods
To assist in the relief efforts in every affected county of the 54 counties Catholic Charities serves it has enlisted the help of NeedsList, which identifies the items people impacted need most.

Blessings in a Backpack
Families are invited to participate in Blessings in a Backpack, a component of the Diocese of Raleigh Educators Conference, which will take place at Cardinal Gibbons on September 28.  Please bring in a backpack filled with school supplies by next Thursday, September 27, to the Outreach Office at Cardinal Gibbons. The backpacks will be distributed by Catholic Charities to those most in need.

More to come
Responding to the needs of those negatively impacted by Hurricane Florence will be ongoing. As we learn more about the needs of others, the easier it will be for us to focus our attention on communicating ways to meet those needs.

As an example, Meyerl  pointed to next Friday’s Educators Conference as a  chance for the Gibbons community to see how Catholic educators throughout the Diocese fared in the storm. “Let’s be a beacon of hope for our fellow educators from St. Egbert’s in Morehead City, St. Ann’s in Fayetteville, St. Paul’s in New Bern, St. Mary’s or St. Mark’s in Wilmington,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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