Online Originals: ‘Adopt a Family’ helps Ocracoke replace what’s lost

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – ‘Adopt a Family’ is a program that Emilie Cary of Morehead City and Pastor Ivey Belch of Ocracoke’s Life Saving Church has created to help Ocracoke Island residents replace what they’ve lost.

Logo for the Ocracoke ‘Adopt A Family’ program.

Clothes, shoes, kitchenware, specific foods, and other common household and human necessities can be requested, along with larger long-term needs like furniture, mattresses, and appliances.

Organizations, businesses, and families that want to become donors can make basic or long term donations. Those who donate may do so in total confidentiality.

“Definitely the community is standing behind it. There’s so many people that want to give.” 

– Emilie Cary, Co-Founder and Director of Adopt A Family

The church wants people and families to know they won’t be turned away, and that they don’t have to be associated with the church to request items.

(Above is photos from Adopt A Family as volunteers deliver mattresses and a couch to families in need).

The program recently held its first fundraising event at Jacks Waterfront Bar in Morehead City. It featured a raffle, bidding, and donation jars. All of the money collected goes back into Ocracoke Island.

(Above is a donation jar at Jack’s Waterfront Bar (left), and a Morehead City mural across from the restaurant (right)).

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