>Eight Days of Hope is coming to Pamlico County, NC!

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Today, Thea Kincaid and I met with Dawn Baldwin Gibson, Chair for the Pamlico County Disaster Recovery Coalition. Meeting Dawn for the first time, I was taken back with her warm and energetic personality!

Dawn is the ideal person to lead the efforts in the partnership between the Pamlico County Disaster Recovery Coalition (PCDRC) and the Eight Days of Hope organization.

Pamlico County has been selected by 8 Days of Hope to rebuild their community’s homes after Hurricane Irene’s destruction in August 2011. The County’s residents suffered massive property destruction and people are still displaced almost 7 months later.

8 Days of Hope will be coming to Pamlico County to rebuild and refurbish at least 200 homes between May 26 – June 2, 2012. Their goal is to have at least 2,000 volunteers assist in the project.

The 8 Days of Hope (8 DOH) ministry began when Steve Tybor, now President, his Father, and a few other people traveled to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, 8 DOH has continued to grow.

“9,515 volunteers have participated in these relief efforts! They remodeled, refurbished or rebuilt 1,127 homes!

“$12.4 MILLION dollars of labor has been donated through 8 Days of Hope!”

“Volunteers from 43 states and multiple countries have shown up to work over 274,000 hours during these eight trips!”

“The number 8 symbolizes “new beginnings.” Our prayer is that you will feel called to make a difference with us one home and, more importantly, one life at a time. Help bring a new beginning to families who are feeling hopeless.” Steve Tybor, President of 8 DOH – taken from www.eightdaysofhope.com.

“We are excited about 8 Days of Hope coming to Pamlico County and the lives that will be impacted by the hope that will come with this amazing mission.” Dawn Baldwin Gibson, Local 8 DOH Visit Coordinator.

Thea Kincaid has joined forces with Dawn Baldwin Gibson to help promote and volunteer for this special project. Please contact Thea or Dawn by clicking on their names above and sending them an email if you would like them to be a guest speaker for your community group of place of worship.

For more information, please visit Eight Days of Hope’s website to volunteer, donate money, or ask any questions.

Special thanks to Dawn and Thea for sharing the information about this terrific event! I look forward to receiving updates on the progress. I would also like to thank Christ Episcopal Church for allowing us to use your beautiful Church as a quiet place to create this video.

Please feel free to comment below, send me an email, or visit New Bern Now on Facebook.

Wendy Card

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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