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Want to help Florence victims? Duke, NC State and UNC football collecting and delivering items.

The North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State football programs are holding Hurricane Florence donation drives.

UNC is using its 18-wheel equipment truck to take non-perishable food items and supplies across the state to victims of the storm, Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora said Monday.

On Tuesday, UNC football coaches Larry Fedora and Robert Gillespie, and a few players helped load donations onto the truck on UNC’s campus.

The university will be accepting donations from the public Tuesday through Friday. On Friday, the truck will deliver the supplies and food to those in need.

“We’re willing to do anything that we can to help anybody in the state right now,” Fedora said.

Duke will accept donations from Tuesday until Sept. 29, the school said in a press release on Monday. Beginning Tuesday, for every three items donated from the list, fans can purchase a $5 general admission football ticket to the Blue Devils Oct. 20 home game against Virginia.

N.C. State will be collecting donations at its Sept. 29 home game against Virginia. The university will collect items at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena.

Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wilmington on Sept. 13 as a Category 1 storm, and has caused tornadoes and flooding throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Seventeen deaths in North Carolina have been reported and 23 people have died due to the storm.

People around North Carolina have evacuated, and many have been unable to get back to their homes. Shelters, including one of UNC’s campus, were set up across the state ahead of the storm.

The football team uses the equipment truck, an 18-wheel tractor trailer, to transport its football equipment to road games.

UNC associate athletic director Rick Steinbacher said the idea to use the equipment truck came from a discussion between athletic officials about canceling the Tar Heels’ football game against UCF last week.

“It was coach Fedora’s idea,” Steinbacher said. “He said ‘we got that equipment truck. That thing can deliver a lot of goods and things that people need. We ought to put that thing into action.’”

UNC officials contacted the owners of Marrins to see if they could use the truck to deliver goods, and they said yes.

The university will set up the truck and start taking donations at the Williamson Center parking lot across the street from the Dean Smith Center on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. The university is collecting for water, non-perishable food, canned goods, diapers, flashlights, batteries, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.

“We’re more worried about what’s going on right now across the state with the people that are being affected by the hurricane,” Fedora said. “That’s really where all of our thoughts need to be. We do have to prepare for a football game this week against Pitt and we will do that, but there are a lot of people out there that are suffering.”

Duke’s list of donations includes buckets, paper towels, toilet paper, baby wipes, baby food and toiletries. A complete list is below.

UNC schedule for donations

Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. - noon.

Williamson Center: 450 Skipper Bowles Dr., Chapel Hill; the truck will be parked in the Williamson Center parking lot.

What’s being collected

non-perishable food

canned goods

diapers

flashlights

batteries

cleaning supplies

personal hygiene items

Duke schedule for donations

Monday-Friday, Sept. 18-29: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the Duke Athletics Ticket Office in Scott Family Athletics Performance Center on 110 Whitford Drive in Durham.

Sept. 22: 12:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the Duke Athletics Ticket Office in Scott Family Athletics Performance Center, the East Ticket Booth near the Wilson Gate or the West Ticket Booth near the Powers Gate.

Sept. 29: 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the Duke Athletics Ticket Office in Scott Family Athletics Performance Center, the East Ticket Booth near the Wilson Gate or the West Ticket Booth near the Powers Gate.

What’s being collected at Duke

  • buckets

  • paper towels

  • toilet paper

  • large garbage bags

  • rubber gloves

  • masks

  • scrub brushes

  • scouring pads

  • sponges

  • air freshener

  • toiletries

  • hand sanitizer

  • shampoo

  • conditioner

  • bar soap

  • hand soap

  • adult diapers

  • baby diapers

  • baby wipes

  • baby food

  • baby formula

  • sippy cups

  • baby bottles

  • disposable razors

  • shaving cream

  • bottled water

  • nonperishable food items

  • school supplies

N.C. State relief efforts

  • Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off on Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility.
  • Fans who would like to make financial contributions may give directly to the university’s Student Emergency Fund, or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.
  • N.C. State will be collecting donations at its Sept. 29 home game against Virginia. The university will collect items at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena.

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Alexander, 919-829-4822; @jonmalexander
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