Buy a Board: Eight Days of Hope

The above video was captured during President Steve Tybor’s visit to New Bern with the Neuse Pamlico Sound Women’s Coalition by New Bern Now.

It has been almost nine months since Hurricane Irene brought historical flooding to large parts of Pamlico County.  Although the water receded within two days, for many the devastation continues.  Families are still homeless—living with friends or relatives or in FEMA trailers, or in worst cases, in their condemned homes.  We are sending this email to ask for your help to finish the recovery.

After the storm, The Baptist Men, Samaritan’s Purse, DART, United Methodist Disaster Recovery, Church of Christ and Mennonites throughout the country have helped clean out water-damaged furniture, flooring, and walls and have helped with repairs for many, but families are still homeless or in FEMA trailers without the insurance or other resources to rebuild.  FEMA trailers are not intended as a long-term solution, and by FEMA policy, these trailers are being removed. For many, there will be no place to go.

Fortunately a group called 8 Days of Hope has offered to come to the county with a team of 1,500 volunteers to rebuild, and repair about 200 houses in 8 days.  There is just one catch:  the building materials and supplies have to be waiting for them when they arrive.  It seems like an impossible task, but we believe that with the help of people like you, we can raise the money to purchase these supplies.  You can become a part of the hope by doing two things:

Make a tax-deductible donation to:

8 Days of Hope                                           United Way/PCDRC

PO Box 3208                                               P O BOX 1385

Tupelo, MS., 38803                                    New Bern, NC 28562

Or visit their website at

Forward this email to everyone on your contact list.

If we can reach enough people, we can raise enough money to get these displaced families back in their homes and back to their lives.  It’s time.  Will you help?

Submitted by: Thea Kincaid, Team New Bern for Eight Days of Hope

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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