The Cedar Island community will hold a free pig pickin’ barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday to thank Ocracoke for its help after Hurricane Florence. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The Cedar Island community wants to thank Ocracoke for its help after Hurricane Florence with a free pig pickin’ barbecue Saturday starting at 3 p.m. on the Native Seafood parking lot. To read about their efforts, click here 

Farris O’Neal, owner of Native Seafood, said his commercial fishing buddies and others wanted to show their gratitude to Ocracoke islanders who helped our neighbor to the south after Florence wrought its havoc.

The massive storm Sept. 14 devastated areas south of Ocracoke, from Cedar Island to Jacksonville. Parts of Cedar Island were still without power more than a week after the storm struck.

Islanders immediately rallied to Cedar Island’s plight by gathering donated food and supplies, loading them into personal skiffs and traveling “Down East” to deliver them.

“I told them it wasn’t necessary, but they insisted on doing it,” O’Neal said about the generous gesture.

While it lasts, the free eats will include two roast pigs, baked beans, cole slaw, water and soda.

However, O’Neal said those attending will have the opportunity to donate money to the 2020 fifth-grade class trip.

Each year, the Ocracoke School fifth grade takes a week-long trip to visit various sites across the state.

“That costs $15,000,” O’Neal said. His daughter will be in that class next year.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. Wrong hurricane was originally named. 

Ocracoke Islanders load one of three personal boats last September to ferry supplies to Cedar Island residents cut off by Hurricane Florence. Photo: C. Leinbach
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