The Onslow Caring Communities Foundation presented two checks totaling $7,350 to the Jacksonville branch of the Salvation Army in support of the organization’s continuing efforts to aid local victims of the April 16th tornado.

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) allocated grants from its Disaster Relief Fund to the Onslow County affiliate to support relief efforts related to the April tornadoes and storms that affected the state’s central and eastern regions, according to Rodney E. Martin, chair of the NCCF’s grants committee and a member of the statewide board.

 “We are grateful to all the people and organizations that contributed to the NC Community Foundation’s Disaster Fund and for their support of local disaster victims,” said Steve Wangerin, Onslow Caring Communities Foundation board president.

 “The Salvation Army’s Jacksonville operation has done a great job helping these folks, and we are so glad that we could pitch in,” he said.

 According to Katie LeMaire, the Salvation Army has assisted 19 families and 60 individuals affected by the storms, and the Onslow Caring Communities Foundation donation will allow them to help 12 more local families.

Since 2001, the Onslow Caring Communities Foundation has made more than $269,000 in grants to Onslow County nonprofits.  Local board members include Steve Wangerin (President), Budda Howard, Philip Cherry, Kern Everett, Dr. Todd Fischer, Hunter Hadley, Glenn Hargett, Rod Martin, Dr. Kenneth Morgan, Sr., Debbi Ray Rouse, John Stevenson, Boyd Tisdale and Dr. Greg Williams.  It is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, which provides technical assistance and management services.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Onslow County Communities Foundation or to contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund may contact a local board member or call the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Southeastern office at (910) 509-7256.

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