Hurricane Florence Response

Do you want to get involved in hands-on clean up work?
Friday, October 26th in New Bern
The winds have died down. The skies are blue and the air carries a faint feel of autumn. We have cleared our yards of small branches here in Greenville. Here at St. James, we were able to worship in our buildings just a couple of days after Hurricane Florence. Life seems to have returned to normal.
But in our Sound District of the United Methodist Church, 22 churches and four parsonages are damaged. The Trenton United Methodist Church lost hymnals, bibles, and much more. “Pretty much everything is ruined,” said Leo Fair, pastor of the church. “The pews and the seating pads and everything have come out of the sanctuary, carpet out of the sanctuary…” The congregants will not be able to return to Trenton United Methodist Church for eight weeks. Meanwhile, they worship in Trenton Missionary Baptist Church until the damage caused by 26 inches of river water is cleaned up.
We have done our part with our prayers, our work, our money, and our donations of food and other basic necessities. But the needs are still great. The process of recovery will be long.
Please continue to be the hands and feet of Christ to our neighbors who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence.
1) DONATE SUPPLIES: We will be collecting and delivering supplies for relief through Joy Soup Kitchen, Grifton Mission Ministries, Ann Street UMC in Beaufort, and First UMC in Morehead CitySupplies can be left on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.  Needed general supplies include:
  • Tarps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Feminine products
  • All kinds of hygiene and toiletry products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Lanterns
  • Power bars (the surge protector kind, not the protein bar food)
  • Extension cords
  • Cleaning Supplies (Flood Buckets, Vinegar, Peroxide
  • Depends
  • Bug spray, fire any and wasp poison
  • Plastic Totes for belongings
  • Flushable Wipes
  • Box Fans
  • Laundry Detergent and Dish Soap
  • Flashlights / Batteries
  • Dog/Cat Food & Cat Litter
    Food Supplies Include:
  • Pop top cans of meat, veggies, etc.
  • Large cans of veggies to cook hot meals
  • Divided clamshell plates to distribute hot meals
  • Small jars peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Baby formula
  • Bottled water
For more information, contact Tyrone Walston at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154).
2) JOIN A WORK TEAM: For those who are interested in being a part of a work team, please contact Paula Hamlin at the church via email ( or phone (252-752-6154). We will compile a list which will be provided to the Sound Conference disaster relief team.  You will then be contacted.
3) PARTICIPATE IN THE C4C FOOD DRIVE:  Support the program with food or monetary donations. Collection bins for donations are located in the Fellowship Hall and Commons areas.  Checks can be made payable to St. James UMC; add “Backpacks” to the memo line.
The C4C Backpack Ministry serves children at Wahl Coates Elementary.  This ministry provides supplemental food bags to children at Wahl Coates Elementary each week during the school year.  Without this food, these children would have little to nothing to eat on the weekends. Due to the expected influx of displaced children into our community after Hurricane Florence, we believe we will see the demand for weekend backpacks rise.  In addition, parents who will be out of work due to the hurricane will have increased financial strain, making our weekend backpacks that much more important for these families.  As a part of the Hurricane Florence relief fund, we are requesting support for additional food items and volunteers to serve the expected rise in demand.
Backpack Food Drive Items Needed: 
  • Protein (beanie weanies, chef boyardee, vienna sausages)
  • Pop-tarts
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Chips
  • Crackers (Cheez-its)
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Individual-size cereal packs
  • Water
  • Capri Suns juice boxes
  We will also need additional volunteers for packing food bags, shopping at Aldi and Sams Club for the above items on a regular basis.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Susan Barrett at 252-916-6389.
4) SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS FINANCIALLY: Click on the Donate now button below for online donations.  Or, make checks payable to St James UMC, placing the text “Hurricane Florence” in the memo line.  These checks can be placed in the offering at Sunday worship services, brought to St James, or mailed to: St James Methodist Church, Attn: Marianne Leventry, 2000 E. 6th St, Greenville, NC 27858.