As all of our North Carolina customers are aware – and many of you out of area folks may have been made aware of by national news outlets – Central and Eastern North Carolina were hit with severe thunderstorms and a record number of tornadoes on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The News and Observer reports that $115 million dollars worth of damage was done in Raleigh, the state’s capital city, alone.
via NewsObserver.com, image of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Sanford, NC that was destroyed
As our longtime patrons know, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q is always grateful to serve, and that is never more important than in times of true need. Many of our locations across the state had opportunities to assist those affected over the past week and we are happy to have been able to do so.
Hats off to the staff at our Garner, NC (Highways 40 and 42) location for supplying food for over 50 of the tornado victims in Micro, NC!
“We were VERY happy to connect Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q with our friends over at the Raleigh Rescue Mission last night – they literally came to the rescue, providing 86 lbs. of BBQ and more for dinner when the organization’s refrigerator had gone out!” – via Amber Smith of Me^3, facebook.com/SCNBNC
Camp Lejeune, NC
Thank you to Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q in Jacksonville, NC (Gum Branch location) for their generous donation to the volunteers at TT on Camp Lejeune! – via Kelly, facebook.com/SCNBNC
One of the organizations who left one of the comments above, Me^3, has compiled and is updating a specific page on their website (http://www.me-3.org/tornadorelief2011.html) with donation and volunteer opportunities if you would like to get involved in the Wake County relief areas, as well. For those of you outside of the Wake County area, please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know about opportunities in your local area, as well!
Me^3 ME³ stands for Motivate, Educate, Empower, and Engage. They are a non-profit organization which connects individuals and groups to volunteer opportunities with over 70 local nonprofit partners. Through volunteer service, as well as outreach and education about how to get involved, they strive to create a culture of caring and community involvement in Wake County, North Carolina. You can read more about their work on their website at http://www.me-3.org/, like them on facebook, and follow their updates on twitter.
Many thanks go out to those of you who have already donated your time, supplies, and dollars to your local relief efforts and for your support of our efforts to serve those in need, as well!