Founder’s Day of Caring: 9OYS volunteers in eastern N.C.

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9 On Your Side gave back to the community Friday on the 2018 Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring. 

Everyone at the station took some time out the day help out.

9 On Your Side was at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina, the JOY Soup Kitchen and the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina

Be sure to check out our Facebook Lives from throughout the day, with Maria, Ken, Dominique, Angie and Connor!

Humane Society of Eastern Carolina (see video above) 

At the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, the shelter has 30 to 40 animals ready to be adopted. They are urging animal lovers to come out and adopt or foster an animal so they can make space for more animals. 

The Human Society is one of the few no-kill shelters in the area.   

“Our main goal is to serve as a safe haven for the animals while they are here until they find their forever homes,” said Sara Sherrill, volunteer coordinator at the shelter. 

The Humane Society also spays, neuters, vaccinates and microchips all of their animals. 

The shelter is also in need of volunteers for the summer months. 

“There’s puppies and kittens here all the time. There’s awesome adult dogs and awesome adult cats looking for their home,” said Sherrill. “We can always use volunteers, like I said summer time is a little bit slower for our volunteer base, so if anyone is looking for something to do during the summer they can come help out, walk the dogs, play with the kittens.”

That’s what the WNCT 9 On Your Side team did Friday.

“It’s really good when we can get out in the community and give back,” said Zach Maskavich, 9 On Your Side. “You know coming here and dealing with these animals that are looking for a forever home and being able to play with them and see them and interact with them was really awesome today.”If you are interested in volunteering, visit their website.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina 

At the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, we spent the day sorting out potatoes for local families who are food insecure.

Last year, this food bank alone donated almost 9 million pounds of food.

All food donations that come into the food bank need to be sorted and packaged up.

“It really means so very much to the families actually receiving this food to know that they have someone looking out for them in their community,” said Brittanie Frieze, the food bank’s volunteer coordinator. 

The food bank is especially dependent on volunteers now as they start on their “Stop Summer Hunger” initiative.

“Many families have children eligible for feeding programs in their schools,” said George Young, the food bank’s eastern regional director. “The schools are closed, and that’s going to put an extra strain on family budgets to provide those meals that normally are provided at school.”

They also count on donations.

“Funds are really critical,” said Young, “because there is a cost of doing business. We have drivers, trucks, warehouse facilities like here, that need to be paid for everyday.”

Head to their website to find out how you can get involved. 

Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina

The Ronald McDonald House helps families with kids going through medical treatment for extended periods of time.

We he cleaning to labeling the food pantry and helping sort laundry.

The house is about to open its new expansion during the summer and take on almost double its current operation.

It’s $10 a night for a family to stay at the house and if they stay the whole year it’s over $3,000.

It provides families staying at the house fewer things to think about such as where they’re going to get their next meal.

“Families can still feel like they’re at home while they’re here they have a place to sleep a place to wash clothes and not have to worry about where they’re going to stay when they’re taking care of their child so they can give them 100%,” said Hannan Caron, staff member of the Ronald Mcdonald House of Eastern North Carolina.

WNCT is a proud partner of the Ronald McDonald House and will be hosting their telethon on August 3.

If you would like to help out, click here. 

JOY Soup Kitchen

9 On Your Side employees prepared meals for those in need at the JOY Soup Kitchen.

“We serve people all over. They come from Winterville, Ayden or wherever,” said co-coordinator Shirley House. “They just come and get a hot meal.”

The meal is served from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the morning Monday through Friday. 

Depending on what day it is, the kitchen may serve anywhere from 60 people to hundreds.

To keep up with the need, the kitchen is always looking for anyone interested in lending a helping hand as well a donations.

“We use anything. Kitchen supplies, food, clothing, whatever they have,” said House. 

Current volunteers include those who have benefited from the kitchen’s services themselves.

“When I was going through, I was individually alone,” said volunteer Mary Bonds. “I have two children, but nevertheless, I didn’t have a total support of family, but what they do have here is the support of their distant family.”

In addition to serving a hot meal, the kitchen also provides clothing, shoes, and food including fresh vegetables.

If you would like to help, contact them here

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