Highlands Fire and Rescue is collecting items to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. HFR Assistant Fire Chief Robbie Forrester has organized drives like this before, six of them.
“Because these people need help,” said Forrester. “We’re supposed to help each other and it’s the right thing to do.”
Forrester will drive the supplies to Pine Terrace Fire Department in Lumberton, N.C. on Sept. 24.
Toiletries (Bar Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, deodorant)
First Aid Items – (Band aids, peroxidem, neosporin)
Pet Food Bleach
Gloves- Latex, non-latex, work gloves
Masks Rubber boots
Empty Spray Bottles
The HFR station at 322 Oak Street is the collection location for all donations. If after 5 p.m., donors can call the Highlands Police Department on the non-emergency number 828-526-9431 for the dispatch center and an officer will be dispatched to HFR where donations can be collected. The last day for the drive will be Monday, September 24.
The Highlands School varsity soccer team is working in conjunction with Highlands Fire and Police departments and will be accepting donations at several games.
At their games on Thursday, September 20 against Tallulah Falls at 6 p.m. and their game on Monday, September 24 against Hayesville at 6 p.m. donations will be accepted that people are in need of to help in the recovery efforts from Florence.
HFR will have a truck parked at the gate where people enter for the game where donations can be dropped off. If you make a donation you will receive free admission to the game.
“Please come out and enjoy several great soccer matches and help us support our fellow North Carolinian’s in this time of great devastation,” said Highlands School Athletic Director Brett Lamb.