Pine Knoll Shores residents, police showing support for hurricane victims

PINE KNOLL SHORES, Carteret County - Police departments across our state, including a few in Carteret County, are lending a helping hand.

They are collecting donations for police officers risking their lives to help Hurricane Harvey victims. The people of Pine Knoll Shores are showing their support for Houston in a big way. In fact, in just 24 hours, they've collected hundreds of personal hygiene items to send to the police officers currently dealing with the aftermath of the storm. "I received a request (Wednesday) from the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police saying that they has spoken with chief (Art) Acevedo from the Houston Police Department and that his police officers are in desperate need of basic quality of life items," said Chief Ryan Thompson of the Pine Knoll Shores Police Department. Some of the officers said they can't imagine what it's like protecting the community under those conditions. "It's important to have things like hygiene products, you know, to do our job and clean socks and shirts and things like that," said Corp. Jordan Seitter. "It just makes us more comfortable and when we are comfortable its easier to do our jobs." "If everybody is getting the kind of results that we are getting, then they are going to have plenty of supplies sent to them from North Carolina," Thompson said. If you would like to make a donation, you still have plenty of time to do so. They will be collecting until Sept. 12. You can just bring your donation to the police station at 314 Salter Path Road or they will send someone to come pick up that donation from you. Emerald Isle and Morehead City Police departments are also collecting donations for the police in Houston. Those donations will be sent to Roxboro and then driven to Houston in a few weeks.

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