11/2/11

Helping Hatteras Island for the Holidays

As Hatteras Island still recovers from the lasting effects of Hurricane Irene, this holiday season will be especially difficult for many local residents. Surf or Sound Realty has received numerous inquiries and questions as to how our friends and neighbors can help in this time of need.

We have compiled a list below of the many Outer Banks organizations that are preparing meals, collecting Christmas items, coats, clothing, toys and monetary donations to ensure that this holiday season is still memorable and special for the children and families on Hatteras Island.

We are grateful for the assistance from these organizations and charities and humbled by the outpouring of support from our vacation guests, homeowners and friends both near and far.

Angel Tree
Christmas is organized through a coalition of churches, businesses and individuals who work to provide Christmas to all children in need on Hatteras Island. The coalition collaborates with Toy for Tots and Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) “Operation Santa Claus” programs. Sponsored children receive clothing and gift items. Dare County Department of Social Services assists in receiving applications and facilitating various donors.

Sponsorship Specific Requests: Individual children and families can be sponsored. Contact Dare County DSS (252-475-9320) or Megan Vayette (252-216-7176) to sponsor a family.
For information on specific toy requests, see Facebook www.Facebook.com/hatterasislandangeltree where you will be directed where to drop-off or mail your presents for specific requests.

CHEC “Operation Santa Claus” Toys can be dropped off at their offices in Buxton. Items can be shipped to this address (except those for a specific child) at 47109 Light Plant Road, Buxton NC 27920.

Irene’s Giving Tree

Two Cape Hatteras Secondary School seniors are raising funds and collecting donations for Christmas trees to be given to at least 30 families, including a tree, tree skirt, lights and ornaments. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Monetary donations for Irene’s Giving Tree:
PO Box 71
47468 NC Hwy 12
Buxton, NC 27920

Monetary Donations for Hatteras Island

Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church
Attn: Angel Tree (also in memo line)
PO Box 399
Buxton, NC 27920

CHEC
Operation Santa Claus (also in memo line)
PO Box 9
Buxton, NC 27920

Coat Drive:
Little Grove United Methodist Church is collecting coats, hats and gloves (new items only) for distribution across the island. Contact Pastor Cory Oliver for further information at (252) 996-0256.

Donations for the Coat Drive:
c/o Hatteras UMC
PO Box 310
57665 NC Hwy 12
Hatteras, NC 27943

Sparkle Bags/Dinners:
Hands of Love is organizing “Sparkle Bags” and Christmas dinners for families. Contact Kim Martin (252) 996-0919 for more information.

Mail donations to:
Hands of Love
PO Box 43
Frisco NC 27936

Older/Disabled Adults and Children in Foster Care Dare County Department of Social Services coordinates items for these special populations. Call (252) 475-5500.

From everyone at Surf or Sound Realty, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help! We will continue to post updates on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/surforsound

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