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Three GoTriangle Storm Relief Buses Filled Up to Help Communities Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

Media Contact: Melanie Davis-Jones mdavisjones@unitedwaytriangle.org 

Morrisville, NC (October 27, 2016) – Buses from GoTriangle and RDU International delivered food and other supplies to families impacted by Hurricane Matthew for Johnston, Nash/Edgecombe, and Wilson Counties on Thursday, October 27. United Way of the Greater Triangle, GoTriangle, WRAL-TV, and RDU International urged Triangle residents to donate supplies to fill a Storm Relief bus a day earlier. The community rallied to fill three buses and two vans.

The Storm Relief Bus delivered items today to:

  • The Partnership for Children of Johnston County in Selma received canned/dried food, diapers and formula, cleaning supplies, and toiletries for the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County. Their building lost its roof during the storm, flooding all of its contents. The Club is part of a United Way collaborative partnership, Great Futures, which includes both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as the Partnership for Children of Johnston County which stepped in to receive items for the bus delivery. The supplies will go to 44 families from Selma Elementary (most are Club members) that have been displaced and to other individuals in need.
  • United Way of Tar River Region serving Nash and Edgecombe counties received canned/ dried food, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies for the many people whose homes have water damage. Representatives from the Princeville food pantry were on hand to take back a truckload of food to shore up their empty shelves.
  • United Way of Wilson County received one bus full of food – nonperishable items, formula and nutritional drinks. Food pantries from around the county had vehicles on site and volunteers loaded items right onto the vans. Pantries have been depleted making it difficult to help feed those impacted by the hurricane and others who rely on this support.

“The success of this storm relief drive highlights the power of the partnership. Kudos too, to United Way of North Carolina which played a pivotal role in our ability to respond quickly,” said Melanie Davis-Jones, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement for United Way of the Greater Triangle. “We are grateful for everyone who came out to donate items and for our network of United Way staff, volunteers, and agency partners in all of the impacted communities for helping ensure the supplies quickly reached those who need them most.”

WRAL-TV Vice President & General Manager Steven D. Hammel said, “This confirms what the great people of central and eastern North Carolina already know, when our neighbors need help, our viewers answer the call.  We’re proud to be part of the effort with these great partners, but all the praise belongs to the people who gave and gave and gave. Bravo, North Carolina!”

“We want to sincerely thank our amazing partners and generous community for your tremendous outpouring of support,” said GoTriangle General Manager Jeff Mann. “Because of you there are many families in eastern North Carolina who will have food and other critical supplies immediately.”

For those not able to help, there are more ways you can assist those affected at this link:

http://www.unitedwaync.org/hurricane-matthew-0

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A two-generational focus on vulnerable children and their families uses a collaborative approach to help break the cycle of poverty. Learn more at www.unitedwaytriangle.org 

About GoTriangle

GoTriangle offers safe, reliable, and easy-to-use travel choices including bus, bike, walking, carpool, and vanpool. More information is available at www.gotriangle.org.