ELIZABETHTOWN — The fourth annual “Roger’s Wish” project by the Bladen Journal staff has taken on a different direction since Hurricane Matthew swept through the area.
“With so many folks in need out there, we thought it would be appropriate to send all of the blankets and items collected so far to the sites distributing to through FEMA and the shelters,” said W. Curt Vincent, general manager/editor of the Bladen Journal. “I think that’s what Roger (Grunder) would have wanted us to do.”
All of the donated items to date are being sent to Kinlaw Furniture’s warehouse for distribution.
“Roger’s Wish” is named in memory of the late Grunder, who started the effort in 2013 shortly before his untimely death from a car accident.
As of Friday, the donations have brought about 45 blankets and several miscellaneous items to the newspaper office. Shortly after Hurricane Matthew came through Bladen County, 11-year-old Alyssa Reaves of Clarkton and her mother delivered two comforters, a sheet set and pillows.
“Roger’s Wish” will continue throughout the month of October, finishing up on Monday, Oct. 31. The items collected will then be given out to those in need on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Bladen Journal office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Those wanting to contribute blankets and/or sleeping bags can bring them to the Bladen Journal office in downtown Elizabethtown between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions can call 910-862-4163.