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Packages of children's underwear on a table Wednesday at Martin Millennium Academy. The school is collecting new underwear to be delivered to hurricane victims in Houston.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Students and law enforcement officials in Edgecombe County are remembering the first anniversary of Hurricane Matthew by collecting underwear, toiletries and other items for hurricane victims in Texas.

Martin Millennium Academy has launched an “Undies for Everyone” drive to collect new packaged undergarments for children and adults of all ages and sizes. Donations can be dropped off at any school in Edgecombe County through Oct. 16.

Susan Hoke, communications coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools, said new underwear was in high demand last year when families were seeking clothing items to replace wardrobes damaged in the flood.

Jennifer Craddock, global coordinator at Martin Millennium Academy, is helping to coordinate the “Undies for Everyone” campaign. Craddock said the idea was the brainchild of a parent.

“One of our parents, Jessica Knox, said she had been praying about what to do to help the hurricane victims in Texas and she came across a YouTube video of a psychologist saying that what people really needed was new underwear. Other used clothing items are easier to find, but people don’t always think about the need for underwear,” Craddock said.

Craddock said the project is a good way for students in Edgecombe County to give back.

“At Martin Millennium Academy, we emphasize servant leadership, and this is a great way for students to help others and to realize that Edgecombe County is not always on the receiving end.” Craddock said.

This event is running in concert with a “Do Unto Others” campaign sponsored by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department and Princeville Elementary School. These organizations are collecting toiletries, feminine products, diapers and baby wipes to send to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Collections for these items are taking place at the Bridgers Building at 710 Panola St. in Tarboro, the current site of Princeville Elementary School. Collections for these items also ends on Oct. 16.

Through these collections, these Edgecombe County organizations hope to be able to fill a 55-foot trailer with supplies. Craddock said Edgecombe County Commissioner Billy Wooten, owner of Kanban Logistics of Tarboro, plans to deliver the collected items to hurricane victims in Houston later this month.

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