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Update #4: Situation Awareness. Saving a Culture. Gullah Island Community. September 20, 2018


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Supporting Gullah/Geechee Nation Rebuilding, Restoration, and Storm Preparation

Gullah/Geechee Nation posted: "The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going.  The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and sto"
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Supporting Gullah/Geechee Nation Rebuilding, Restoration, and Storm Preparation

The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going.  The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and storm preparedness information and will increase the workshops and trainings throughout the coast following the return of many Gullah/Geechees to their homes in the Pee Dee River, Grand Strand, and Cape Fear regions.    In the meantime, they are amassing hygiene and household cleaning items, work gloves, work boots, and toiletries to make kits for those in need due to the displacements and disruptions caused by this massive storm.   In order to support the recovery effort, please donate via this link which will provide support to the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and other non-profit organizations that have mobilized to help the people affected by the storm:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/schurricanerelief

Over one dozen rivers have already overflowed their banks and the waters are still rising.  The City of Wilmington, NC has essentially become an island.  So, the Gullah/Geechees that remain there cannot drive out to get supplies and many there stated that stores had essentially run out of items.   So, the Gullah/Geechee Nation's leaders have been coordinating with the Black Emergency Managers Association International to find ways to bring supplies in via water with the assistance of the Coast Guard and others that have been doing rescues via boat and keeping us updated on what has been happening in the waters.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is also collaborating with grassroots leaders in North Carolina to get volunteers and supplies into NC.  They have been able to coordinate some supply air drops and they are organizing those who have carpentry and others skills to come in for the restoration when the waters receded and roads reopen as well.
Go to www.tinyurl.com/flodropoff for an up-to-date list on North Carolina triangle donation drop-off locations and hours + supplies directly requested from Eastern NC partners on the ground.
DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS-DURHAM
Main Location: Durham Fruit Company - 305 S Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701
DROP-OFF HOURS:
Monday, Sept 17-Thursday Sept 20 from 10am-5pm
**Volunteers needed here to sort supplies and pick up donations and distribution sites today-Thursday. Fill out this form to sign-up or just SHOW up between the hours of 9:00am-6pm

Durham Food Co-op - 1111 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
DROP-OFF HOURS:
Monday-Friday during open store hours
DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS-RALEIGH
NC A. Philip Randolph Institute - 1408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27601
DROP-OFF HOURS:
Sunday-Friday 12pm-4pm
DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS- CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO
Zog’s Pool Hall - 108 Henderson St (in between Franklin and Rosemary), Chapel Hill
Sunday-Tuesday 3pm-11pm
Steel String Brewery -106 S Greensboro St Carrboro, NC 27510
DROP-OFF HOURS:
Monday-Saturday 4pm-midnight

If anyone is interested in signing up to assist with the supply distribution of items that are coming in to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in South Carolina from Florida and coastal Carolina and will be driving to the northern part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation or you have carpentry and landscaping equipment and skills and want to help with restoration, please email GullGeeCo@aol.com.
Continue to pray for the strength, health, and healing of the families and the restoration of our coastal communities.

www.GullahGeechee.net

www.GullahGeecheeAngelNetwork.com

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