Nearly a month after Hurricane Florence hit the coast of the Carolinas, UNC continues to respond to Eastern North Carolina’s demands for hurricane relief by sending a second truck of donated supplies to the affected areas in Jones County and the Coharie and Waccamaw Siouan tribes.
‘Fill the Truck Round 2’ took place Monday and Tuesday in the Williamson lot across from the Smith Center. The event featured a group of organizers and volunteers who accepted donations, packed them into categorized boxes and loaded them onto the football team’s 53-foot equipment truck. The truck left at 1 p.m. Tuesday and arrived later that day and was equipped with various supplies ranging from feminine hygiene products to food provisions.
This second shipment followed the first ‘Fill the Truck’ donation drive, a 4-day initiative from Sept. 18 to 21 for the affected communities of Robeson County. A collaborative effort between UNC Athletics and the Carolina Center for Public Service, the collection amounted to more than 60,000 pounds of supplies. Despite having to contend with flooded roads, the truck successfully made it to Robeson County, where more than 400 people helped unload the boxes.
Tricia Daisley, development officer at the Carolina Center for Public Service, said CCPS received an outpouring of thanks from the people of Robeson County after the first shipment. As a result of the overwhelming success of the earlier donation drive, other affected areas have requested help from CCPS, which led them to organize a second truck.
“The folks who are anticipating this round of supplies really are in such dire need, and they are really really appreciative that people, three weeks out, haven’t forgotten that there’s still just as much need as there was three weeks ago,” Daisley said.