WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Helping people get back on their feet after Hurricane Florence can be a full-time job, even if it's a job that doesn't pay much, or at all.
For the volunteers at Northside Bridgebuilders in Wilmington, seeing people in their community get their most basic needs met is all in a day's work.
On Thursday, that work included hosting a clothing and household items giveaway at the nonprofit’s location on Princess Street. Inside and outside the building, people in need could come and get anything they wanted, free of charge.
"We're continuing the process because some people are still displaced," said Northside Bridgebuilders Director Evelyn Adger Bryant. "Some people are still without jobs. Some people are still trying to get their footing back from the last hurricane."
Bryant’s organization was working out of the DREAMS facility on Fanning Street in the days immediately following Florence and once DREAMS — another Wilmington nonprofit that works with children — fully reopened, the bridgebuilders moved to Princess Street, where they’ve been doing giveaways like the one on Thursday three times a week.
Even eight months after the storm made landfall, Bryant said her goal hasn't changed and she's encouraged by how unselfish community members have been.
“We’ve had a lot of people who have donated from Day 1 to make sure that we continue the mission of helping others,” Bryant said. “We do it three days a week now with the hopes that, when the next hurricane comes, we’ll be able to educate the community — especially the north side — and help them be prepared. Just rally behind people who are in need or who don’t have people to advocate for themselves.”
For more information on Northside Bridgebuilders, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-408-2511.