The United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Liberty County office will open after 2 p.m. Monday for those in need of help with food and other necessities in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
But the local United Way office has to restock first, director Jennifer Darsey said, and residents who don’t need assistance but want to help others are welcome to bring water and personal hygiene products to the United Way, which will open for donations at 9 a.m. Monday.
"There are still people without food and running water," Darsey said Friday. "There are still people struggling. We’re going to open and do the best we can with whatever resources we have and whatever resources we can gather Monday."
Residents who want to donate food are asked to give to the Manna House, which is Liberty County’s biggest food pantry. It is open to those who need help, Darsey said. She also suggested military families contact Fort Stewart’s Army Community Services for help.
The United Way distributed some $20,000 worth of store cards, personal hygiene products, bread and other staples to more than 1,100 people Tuesday, and those looking for help lined up around the building. Some had to be turned away after standing in line for hours.
"That was hard to do, but we just didn’t have anything else to give. We literally didn’t have a tube of toothpaste left," Darsey said.
Not everyone who got help used the assistance as it was intended. Someone took a pair of $50 Food Lion gift cards intended to be used to buy food and other necessities and tried to sell them on Facebook for $80.