Wake Forest delivers hurricane relief supplies to eastern NC


Laura Harrell (left) of the Office of Alumni Engagement greets community members delivering donations for disaster relief.

On Oct. 17, Wake Forest’s Office of Alumni Engagement delivered disaster relief items to a Red Cross shelter in Tarboro for distribution to North Carolinians still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

The office began collecting a wide variety of items on Oct. 14 and 15.  Donations were so generous that two University vehicles–the Streakin’ Deacon and a panel delivery truck–were needed to haul them to Tarboro.  The Streakin’ Deacon is a 42-foot Wake Forest-branded recreation vehicle that will travel the state of North Carolina during the course of the next year.  Operated by the Office of Alumni Engagement, it serves as a meeting place for Wake Forest alumni and friends, as well as a vehicle for Pro Humanitate efforts such as the Hurricane Matthew one.

“The Wake Forest family has been called to serve in the spirit of Pro Humanitate and, as an institution, we support all the communities we touch,” said Mary Tribble (’82), senior advisor for engagement strategies in the Office of Alumni Engagement.  “In light of the devastation of Hurricane Matthew to the eastern part of the state, we’re tapping into the power of our Wake Forest family to gather resources to help.”

Donated materials delivered included bottled water, bedding, baby formula, diapers and clothing.