A group of ladies decided to partner up and collect donations of clothing and shoes for students, teachers, and administrators who have been affected by Harvey.
The Raider Recovery Room is located inside Lumberton High School near the band hall and is available 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays for those who would like to peruse the items. They are hoping to keep the room open for the next few weeks.
Anna Bohannon used to have a shoe business and had a large collection of new shoes left from that business. She was attending church service one day and saw that someone had to attend service without any shoes on. It occurred to her that there is a need in the community that she could fill; provide shoes to those who lost everything.
She joined Arleen Griffith (Spanish Club sponsor), Lindsey Cross (ASL sponsor), and Michelle Green (Key Club sponsor) to fill a room at Lumberton High School with clothing and shoes. The donations did not stop there. People have been bringing in items such as purses, dog food, air mattresses, and box fans. “We didn’t expect to get as much as we did,” said Griffin.
They have also asked for donations of gift cards since many residents cannot return home and are living in hotel rooms.
The goal is to allow people to privately shop and take the items that they need. Some are not just looking for themselves, but maybe looking for a sibling or a parent as well. For specific sizes that may be difficult to find, it is best to contact the school and they can get the information to this group of ladies.
Bohannon says she saw this situation with the Deweyville flooding a few years ago. She said there are immediate needs now, but it is challenging because many people do not have anywhere to store some of these donations, such as large amounts of clothing or household items. . “There will be a need in a few months,” said Bohannon.