GoTriangle, WRAL-TV, United Way of the Greater Triangle, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport are partnering to collect and deliver critical need supplies to people impacted by Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina.

Together, we are asking our community to help fill the GoTriangle Storm Relief Bus on Wednesday October 26, 2016 from 5:00 am – 7:00 pm. The bus will be parked in the           Carter-Finley Stadium Lot, Gate A, Trinity Rd.in Raleigh.

“We are pleased to work with our partners at WRAL-TV, United Way and RDU to help our neighbors in need,” said GoTriangle General Manager Jeff Mann. “Every day we connect people to the important places they need to go, and we are grateful to now have community support in helping fill one of our GoTriangle buses to deliver critical need items to some of the people impacted most by Hurricane Matthew.”

Among the items needed*:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Paper products
  • Canned and dried foods
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Formula
  • Nutritional shakes and drinks

*Please no glass containers. Low-sodium and low-sugar foods preferred. We CANNOT accept bottled water, clothing, household items or any perishable goods.

 “WRAL-TV is so proud to be part of this community collaboration with GoTriangle, United Way and RDU.  We’re so powerful when we work together for good,”said Steven Hammel, Vice President and General Manager of WRAL-TV. “We know our viewers want to help and this collection will be an important extension of WRAL’s ongoing Storm Relief efforts.”

“This partnership reflects the strength of each of our organizations. Activating the United Way network identified the most immediate needs in specific areas and we have the capacity to get items directly into our communities so donations will help right away,” said Melanie Davis-Jones, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is also collecting items from employees and will deliver them to the Carter-Finley collection site.

“Hurricane Matthew has impacted the lives of many of our fellow citizens in central and eastern North Carolina and our hearts go out to each and every one of them,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.   “As the primary airport for central North Carolina, we know that many of those affected by the storm are our customers and our neighbors. We are thankful to be able to give back to our community through this wonderful partnership with GoTriangle, the United Way and WRAL.”

On Thursday, October 27, the GoTriangle Storm Relief Bus, a truck from RDU and volunteers will travel to communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew to deliver supplies at three stops in Nash/Edgecombe, Wilson and Johnston Counties. Stops include: 

  • United Way of Tar River Region in Rocky Mount (Nash/Edgecombe County).  Deliver canned/ dried food, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies for the many people whose homes have water damage, including Princeville Senior Center which experienced severe building damage, leaving this vulnerable population at risk.
  • United Way Food Drive in Wilson (Wilson County). Deliver canned/ dried food, formula and other supplies. Food pantries have been depleted making it difficult to help feed those impacted by the hurricane and others who rely on this support.
  • Partnership for Children of Johnston County in Selma. Deliver canned/dried food, diapers, cleaning supplies and toiletries for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Johnston County. Their building lost its roof during the storm, flooding all of its contents. Supplies will go to families and individuals in need.

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.

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On site spokespeople Wednesday at Carter-Finley:

     Mike Charbonneau, GoTriangle, 919-608-8348

     Melanie Davis-Jones, United Way of the Greater Triangle, 919-523-5523

     Natasha Wayne, Director of Engagement, United Way of the Greater Triangle, 828-301-9118

For more information, contact Brad Schulz at 919-485-7413, bschulz@gotriangle.org or Mike Charbonneau at 919-485-7413 or mcharbonneau@gotriangle.org

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