As Hurricane Florence subsides and recovery efforts begin in Eastern North Carolina, the UNC Athletics Department is running a donation drive this week to lend a hand to the affected communities.
UNC Athletics will be collecting items in the Williamson Center parking lot, across from the Smith Center, this week from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to noon this Friday.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Rick Steinbacher said the football team will use their 53-foot equipment truck to transport supplies and do their part to aid recovery efforts.
“I think just about everybody in North Carolina spent a lot of time watching the news forecast and then the news coverage of Hurricane Florence just to see the devastation," Steinbacher said. "And the loss of homes, unfortunately even the loss of lives, moves anybody to want to help."
Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service, said the supplies collected during the donation drive will benefit the people of Robeson County, including many in the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.