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BFA serves more than 17,000 people affected by Hurricane Florence

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Brunswick Family Assistance, its 1,200 volunteers and several community partners led the way to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

In the first six weeks following Florence (Sept. 18 through Nov. 5), BFA provided disaster relief assistance to 17,000 individuals throughout Brunswick County.

Through BFA mobile distribution sites, emergency items including food, water, clothing, cleaning supplies, diapers, toiletries, etc., were supplied to affected residents. More than 13,000 individuals and 5,000 households were served by these mobile distribution sites, ranging from Ash to Navassa, while more than 3,500 others received emergency supplies from BFA’s full-time food pantries in Leland and Shallotte.

BFA also provided financial assistance for rent, rapid-rehousing expenses, utility bill help, emergency shelter, medical expenses, clothing vouchers and transportation expenses.

The community rallied together to help BFA provide $102,395 in financial assistance to 960 Brunswick County residents impacted by Florence. Many community members and businesses donated funds to BFA to make this possible, including Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.with a donation of $50,000.

BFA will continue to provide direct financial assistance through its emergency assistance program. Partnerships with local organizations such as Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Brunswick Housing Opportunities and Brunswick Baptist Association are being fostered to help fund home repairs and other emergency services throughout the community.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance because of Hurricane Florence, you are encouraged to contact the BFA Shallotte office at 754-4766 to find out what is available.