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By Connie Leinbach
Hyde County has received the $10,000 grant from the Beaufort-Hyde Community Foundation for direct help to residents for Hurricane Matthew relief.
The grant was from the North Carolina Community Foundation and was given to the county via the Ocracoke United Methodist Church.
Richard Bryant, pastor of the church, said the church is in the process of developing an application process.
“We have to create an application process distinct from the other relief fund,” Bryant said.
After Hurricane Matthew in October brought record flood waters, many islanders had building damage, including lost food, appliances and more, and vehicle damage.
Bryant said there are no deadlines associated with the grants and they are open to all residents in the county and could be for most any purpose tied to hurricane damage except raising houses.
“We’re the spotters,” he said. “We’re the eyes and ears for anyone here in need.”
He stressed that people should not be ashamed to ask for help and the sooner people
“We want to help everyone, but please be patient,” he said about the grant application process. “This is new to us and we’re trying to disperse the money as quickly as possible but to be accountable and good stewards.”
Bryant said the church still has food vouchers it gives out for use at the Variety Store and still has some towels, bedding and adult and kids’ clothing available for those in need.
Leftover emergency food boxes delivered to the island after the hurricane have been given to the Ocracoke Assembly of God Church, who plans to open a food bank.
To apply for funds from the grant, contact Bryant at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, 252-928-6219, or Hyde County Manager Bill Rich, 252-926-5292.
For more information about the Beaufort-Hyde Community Foundation, click here.