Local woman spearheading Hurricane Matthew relief drive

Flooded houses
Hurricane Matthew flooded these homes in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Chris Williams's brother was trapped in the house on the far right. (Courtesy: @ImSoFIRST via Twitter)

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) – A Northeast Wisconsin woman with roots in North Carolina has taken it upon herself to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

The devastation and flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina is hard for Donna King to see. Now living in Northeast Wisconsin, she grew up in Lumberton, North Carolina, one of the hardest hit areas.

King says, “I’m extremely passionate about this because it hits really close to home, literally. And I just wanted to help.”

She reached out to some local friends. “I was like, we’ll send some boxes. Well, then it just kind of kept on growing and kept getting bigger and bigger, and I’m always telling my kids reach for the stars. Don’t ever let anybody tell you you can’t do something. So I was like, let’s fill a semi.”

With the help of Draxler Transport out of Marshfield, which donated a semi and a driver, King is going to do just that. But, she needs the community’s help to fill the truck.

According to King, “We’re looking for everything from used furniture for these people to start rebuilding their lives. We’re looking for everything from that to baby supplies, formula, school supplies, gently used toys and books, clothes of all sizes.”

All of those items, plus personal hygiene products, along with cleaning supplies, will be collected at two places this weekend. On Saturday, King will have volunteers at the BP Highway Hop in Lomira from 9am to 5:30pm. And then on Sunday from 1pm-6pm, the semi will be in Fond du Lac on East Johnson Street in the parking lot of Euphoria Salon.

“For me it’s more of just trying to give back, and me personally not forgetting where I came from, and helping out the people I know and love,” says King.

Once all the items are organized and sorted, King plans to have the truck on the road by the middle or end of next week.

Anyone who can’t make the drop-off but would like to donate items can reach out to Donna King at donna@wfdl.com.

These are some of the suggested gently used or new items:

– Clothes and pajamas – all sizes, infants to adult male and female
– Shoes all ages and sizes
– Toys/books
– Baby supplies: cups, bottles, blankets, baby wash, shampoo
– Household décor
– Furniture, no mattresses
– Bed linens
– Bath items: towels, wash cloths
– Backpacks for school

New items only and nonperishable

– Hygiene supplies: soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, brushes, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, tampons, razors, grooming products
– Diapers/wipes
– Medicines for adults and kids
– Canned goods
– Baby food
– Baby formula
– Bottled water/drinks
– Pillows
– Undergarments
– Clorox/cleaning products
– Disinfectant wipes
– School supplies