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It is heartening to see how many groups have quickly mobilized to help victims of Hurricane Florence. Below we have compiled a quick reference list of resources for donating to reputable groups.

Self-Help members affected by the storm: you can find information on how to access our services here

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Donate Money:

  • North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund: The state-run North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund addresses unmet needs in the aftermath of a disaster. Governor Roy Cooper's office activated the Fund this week. Visit or text FLORENCE to 20222 to donate. Or mail your contribution to: North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund 20312 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699
  • North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund: This fund is run by the NC Community Foundation. All funds raised for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving local individuals and communities in the impacted areas of North Carolina. No portion of the funds raised will be used for the Foundation's administrative or operational expenses. The Foundation will also encourage this practice among local recipient agencies. To donate, visit or mail a check to: NCCF 3737 Glenwood Ave. Suite 460 Raleigh, NC 27612. Please designate your gift for "Disaster Relief" or include a contribution form available on the NCCF website under the "Giving" tab.
  • The Eastern North Carolina Hurricane Recovery Fund: This fund is run by Blueprint NC and will support groups that do not have the capacity to receive online donations, but who are already providing leadership and offering direct services to those bearing the brunt of economic and environmental devastation in the region. Visit to donate.
  • American Red Cross via Google: Google is matching donations up to $1 million. All donations will go to the American Red Cross. Donate here.
  • Catholic Charities USA: Accepting donations online or via phone or text.
  • Diaper Bank of NC: Make monetary donations at or drop off contributions of diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads at the bank's headquarters at 1311 East Club Blvd. Durham NC 27704
  • Habitat for Humanity: Donations will be used to respond to Hurricane Florence until Habitat for Humanity's role in meeting the need is met, at which time funds will be used for Habitat's disaster response efforts where most needed. Visit here to donate.
  • Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC: Donate money to the Food Bank on their website here or mail checks to 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604.

Donate Food or Supplies for People in Shelters:

Food Bank of Eastern & Central NC: Food donations are accepted at Food Bank distribution centers in Durham, Raleigh, New Bern, Greenville, Sandhills/Southern Pines and Wilmington - or online via the Virtual Food Drive.

The most needed items for disaster relief are:
- High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
- Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
- Diapers
- Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
- Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
- Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
- Peanut Butter
- Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

A Just Florence Recovery: A Just Florence Recovery is collecting donations of supplies for Florence victims currently in shelters. The most needed items are: solar lights, toilet paper, paper towel, hand sanitizer stands and sanitizer, pillows, cots, air mattresses, ice packs, generators, carry bags, quart size Ziploc bags.



Drop off Site

Location Address

Hours for drop off

Wake County


1408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27601

12pm-4pm Monday thru Friday

Chapel Hill

Zog’s Pool Bar

108 1/2 Henderson St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514



Fruit Warehouse

305 S Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701

Staffed from 10-6pm Monday thru Thursday, 2-6 pm Sunday drop off


Durham Food Coop

1111 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

5:00-9:00pm Saturday, Sunday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

Diaper Bank of North Carolina: Drop off contributions of diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads at the bank's headquarters at 1311 East Club Blvd. Durham NC 27704.

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