By DEUCE NIVEN
Donations of water, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), personal items and clothing will no longer be accepted at the Columbus County disaster receiving center set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a county news release said Saturday.
North Carolina Forest Service officials have been managing the food collection and distribution effort, and have received enough of those items to meet the need.
Donations of cleaning supplies, bleach, cardboard boxes, and paper goods are still needed and will be accepted at the receiving center in the former Tortimex building, 56 Industrial Drive, Whiteville.
County and Forest Service leaders said they appreciate the donations and generosity of those who have given them, and suggested that donations may also be made to other charities of the giver’s choice.