Community Moms in Action: Hurricane Florence
On September 14th, the lives of countless families were impacted when Hurricane Florence made landfall as one of the costliest hurricanes in history, costing $45 Billion in Damage and sadly, 45 lives. Here at KIDBOX, our mission is to always help those in need – the devastation from Hurricane Florence is no different.
In order to help the families impacted by the hurricane, we called on our Community Moms in North Carolina. Spearheading the efforts were Brandi Temple (mom of Kid’s Board of Directors Member Bella) and Melissa Sheets. Together, they sorted through thousands of KIDBOX donations — taking the time and care to pack a KIDBOX for each child, even including handwritten notes to go along with them. Their friends and family were more than happy to lend a hand and write notes, as well – including Amelia, who wrote and decorated over 30 cards!
The KIDBOX Community moms than traveled to a Red Cross Shelter in Lumberton, NC – the heart of the devastation – to serve twenty families at the shelter. The next day, they traveled back to Lumberton to an organization called Operation Blessing, that serves 3,000 meals a day to displaced and homeless families. It took less than one hour for all the donations to be distributed to the 211 children served by the shelter. Many children didn’t even have shoes, or even toothbrushes & toothpaste – all of which KIDBOX was able to provide. Bell Davis, a 9-year-old girl from North Carolina, organized a collection at her school for toothbrushes & toothpaste which children received along with their new clothes.
There’s still work to be done – thanks to our Community Moms, KIDBOX was there and will be there for months helping families impacted by the storm. Check out our Community Mom’s journey to Newbern, NC, a town devastated by the storm: