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North Carolina Groups Partner with SBP’s “Home for the Holidays” to Help First Responders and Veterans Affected by Hurricane Florence

When Hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina on September 14, 2018, as a category 1 rainmaker, it was clear that damage to the already rain-soaked state would be immense. As the state continues the recovery process, two groups – the Carolina Loggers Association’s Logs for the Cause and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation’s United2gether – have joined forces with the St. Bernard Project (SBP) to help first responders and veterans impacted by the storm get one step closer to a Home for the Holidays.

 

“Every gift given through both the Logs for the Cause and United2gether campaigns between now and January 31, 2019, will go toward SBP’s efforts to rebuild homes for first responders and veterans throughout North Carolina who were impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Ewell Smith, executive director of the Carolina Loggers Association. “While those affected have long since returned to work, the impact from this storm will be felt for years to come. The logging community in NC – one that was hit especially hard by the storm – is close-knit; we believe in giving back and paying it forward, and helping to kick start the rebuilding process is the perfect place to start.”

 

“Recovery is a collaborative effort,” noted SBP co-founder and CEO Zack Rosenburg. “Through this partnership, SBP will be able to provide a predictable path home for disaster-impacted families of veterans and first responders in North Carolina. This is a great example of Americans rallying together for other citizens during times of great need. We believe that this partnership is an example of the seldom discussed, but ever-present ties that bind us together.”

 

“Growing up in Eastern North Carolina and seeing first-hand the devastation of Hurricane Florence was heartbreaking,” commented Paige Keselowski. “Immediately following the storm, we created the United2gether campaign to support first responders in affected areas. Teaming up with the Carolina Loggers Association and SBP USA on the Home for the Holidays program is a great way for us to continue our support of first responders and veterans that are still dealing with the impact of the storm.”

 

The Home for the Holidays program is actively seeking building products partners to assist in the rebuilding efforts. Please invite interested readers to contact Carolina Loggers Association executive director Ewell Smith at esmith@ncloggers.com for more information.

 

The Carolina Loggers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting logging professionalism and business opportunities for the state’s forest products network. Activities include acting as a unified voice for NC timber harvesters; offering networking and business contact information; education programs; and promoting and aiding in state certified logger education programs. Complete information is available at www.ncloggers.com.

 

Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation honors and assists those who have sacrificed greatly for our country. Since 2010, the foundation has supported more than 250 organizations and individuals in order to help veterans and first responders during their road to recovery. There are numerous ways for those interested to become involved. Visit www.CheckeredFlagFoundation.org for details.

 

SBP’s Mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. While SBP can’t prevent natural disasters, they can prevent some of the suffering they cause. By increasing resilience before disasters occur and streamlining the post-disaster recovery process, SBP fortifies people against unnecessary stress and trauma. Founded in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, La., SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,600 families with the help of 180,000 volunteers in a total of 11 communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

© AMERICAN LOGGERS COUNCIL, 2019