UNC Rex health kicks off drive for Hurricane Matthew victims

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Officials say the Hurricane Matthew recovery effort could cost upwards of a billion dollars and groups across the Tar Heel state have been doing their part to help.

Wednesday, one UNC Rex Healthcare system kicked off a three-day drive to collect items.

Organizers say they've been active community partners and they decided to team up with the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina to collect what's needed the most.

Those are items include toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products, non-perishable foods, all of which can be used to helped victims of this storm.

"We have colleagues who have had stories of their own personal sacrifices and they rally behind others and we want to do something to give back," said Kerry Grace Heckle, a spokesperson for UNC Rex Healthcare System. "Anybody in the community, as well as our co-workers, are welcome to participate."

With 22,000 employees who could participate, organizers are banking on a major donation.

The drop-off for the drive ends Friday at 10 a.m. At various hours, volunteers will be present. For more information, click here.

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