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Local organizations are seeking volunteers and collecting donations of money and goods in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Here are some ways to help:

Red Cross

The Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina is looking for volunteers to help manage shelters, deliver food and answer phone calls.

“All it takes is a good heart,” said Phil Harris, community executive for the Highlands chapter of the Red Cross in Fayetteville. “We’ll give you the training you need to help your neighbor.”

Eastern North Carolina is in dire need of help, Harris said.

The Red Cross opened a volunteer center Monday at the Kiwanis Recreation Center and Honeycutt Park in Fayetteville. Volunteers are encouraged to fill out a volunteer application online at redcross.org/volunteer before arriving at the center.

The Red Cross, which supplies about 40 percent of blood donations in the United States, is also seeking blood donors. More than 30 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were canceled because of Hurricane Matthew.

To find a Red Cross blood drive near you, go to http://rdcrss.org/1RzohGb. Blood and platelets are needed.

To make a financial donation, call 1-800-RED CROSS or to make a $10 donation text the word MATTHEW to 90999.

After flood waters recede, the Red Cross plans to coordinate with its community partners to assess the damage and assist with long-term needs, Harris said.

VIDEO:Melinda Vigario speaks about her experience being evacuated from her Vass, NC home after the Woodlake Dam began failing. The family is living our of their vehicles. They opted out of staying at a shelter because they would not be able to bri

Baptists on Mission

Volunteers from Baptists on Mission are providing hot meals for victims of Hurricane Matthew at various churches in eastern North Carolina. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals and assist with clean-up. The organization is also asking for donations of canned food items, cleaning supplies and diapers, and also monetary donations.

For more information on how to volunteer or donate, go to http://baptistsonmission.org.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is asking for donations to help with disaster relief.

Throughout the Southeast, volunteers have served more than 54,000 meals and provided shelter for more than 600 people in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The group’s Fayetteville branch, which is housing evacuees in its community center gymnasium, is asking for donations of travel-size toiletries, including soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and also pillows, blankets and trash bags. Items can be dropped off at the community center at 220 E. Russell St.

To donate money, go online to http://bit.ly/2dKhhuD, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555. Donations can also be sent via mail to P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.

Feed the Hunger

Feed the Hunger, an organization based in Graham, is packing meals to send to hurricane victims in Haiti, Jamaica and cities across the southeastern United States.

The organization will host packing events in Burlington and Greensboro on Oct. 22 and in Charlotte on Oct. 28-29.

To learn more about how to volunteer or donate money, go to www.feedthehunger.org.

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

Gov. Pat McCrory has activated the state’s disaster relief fund to support long-term recovery efforts.

The governor’s office is partnering with United Way of North Carolina, which will act as the administrative organization for the fund. Only financial donations are accepted.

To donate, go to http://bit.ly/2dTx0Hf or mail checks payable to “North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund” to the governor’s office at 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699. A text-only phone number for donations is being set up.

VIDEO: Delores Miller checks on her elderly mother's home in downtown Lumberton after Hurricane Matthew caused downed trees, power outages and massive flooding along the Lumber River Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Lumberton, N.C.

Food Bank

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is asking for donations of food and money.

The group is accepting donations of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice and other food items, as well as baby formula, diapers and other supplies for infants and children. Items can be dropped off at any of the Food Bank’s six locations in North Carolina. In Raleigh, items can be dropped off at 3808 Tarheel Drive.

To view a full list of requested items, go to http://bit.ly/1sg52tD. To donate money online, go to http://bit.ly/2dauTwe. Donations can also be sent via mail to any of the Food Bank’s locations with the memo line “Matthew.”

Catholic Diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has asked local parishes to take up a special collection on Oct. 15 and 16 for hurricane victims in Eastern North Carolina.

Money collected will be used by Catholic Charities to provide gift cards for food and also long-term relief and case management for victims unable to receive insurance proceeds or government assistance.

Lumbee Tribe

The Lumbee Tribe’s Hurricane Response Headquarters is at the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club at 120 Youth Drive, Pembroke. Non-perishable donations including bottled water are being accepted. To inquire about volunteering, contact Tribal Security at 910-374-9880. To donate, go www.lumbeetribe.com/. To donate to the City of Lumberton’s relief efforts, go to www.ci.lumberton.nc.us/

Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; @madisoniszler

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