Online Originals: Kinston non-profit works hard to help community

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Every fourth Friday of the month a Kinston-based non-profit, What’s the Need, holds a food distribution day to help out people in the community, but the organization doesn’t stop there.

Helping people in need comes naturally to Cassie Canady. 

“I’ve always like helping people,” said Canady, creator of What’s the Need. “That’s why I joined the Red Cross. So I can help with disasters and do different things for them as far as mass feeding, mass care and sheltering.”

She decided after retiring early that she wanted to do something meaningful with her time.

“What’s the need is the non-profit I started to be able to do community awareness and community feeding,” said Canady.

The monthly food drive is just one check on her list of tasks.

“I do monthly food drives every fourth Friday here at Holloway Center,” said Canady. “I also have an emergency pantry that they can call and I’ll bring them food if they’ve been in a fire since I work for the Red Cross as a volunteer for them also.”

What’s the Need has grown a great deal since it’s beginning. Canady says she can hardly keep up with it, but she knows it will grow even more.

One thing stands in the way of more growth. 

“I need something big where I can have my food stored for emergencies. For hurricanes, tornados, floods anything like that, and still do distribution every month,” said Canady.

She has big plans for the future.

“I have this dream that I have my warehouse and when there’s a natural disaster in other parts of the country, I can ship food from here to them. I’m going to do that. I am,” said Canady.

What’s the Need is a volunteer and donation based non-profit. You can find more information here.

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