SANFORD, N.C. – As Hurricane Florence approaches North Carolina, HAVEN in Lee County is seeking donations from the community to help those living in its shelter. Those items include cases or gallons of water, boxed fruit juices and nonperishable food items like pudding, fruit cups, crackers, applesauce, granola bars, packaged nuts, trail mix, Pop Tarts and cereal bars.
The shelter currently has about 20 individuals, but can accommodate up to 29 people plus staff that stays at the shelter nightly.
During Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the shelter also assisted displaced domestic violence shelter residents from Johnston and Harnett County, and HAVEN staff is preparing for that possibility once again.
“We want to make sure that we’re prepared and that we’re prepared in the event that we host any of our eastern North Carolina friends,” said Sherry Overton Shudra, executive director of HAVEN in Lee County. “All of the individual donations that we receive go directly to the victims and the clients that we serve, and it’s comforting to them to know that the community cares so much.”
Those who would like to donate to the shelter can drop-off items up until 7 p.m. daily until the storm arrives in the lobby of HAVEN’s offices at 215 Bracken St., Sanford.
About HAVEN in Lee County
HAVEN is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing safety to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Supported by state and federal grants, United Way of Lee County, foundations, and the generosity of community members, churches, civic organizations, small businesses and large corporations, HAVEN works with partner organizations to help create violence-free relationships and a violence-free community. HAVEN is the only confidential violence prevention/sexual assault program and shelter serving all of Lee County. For more information, visit our website at www.havenlee.org.