OCCO seeing spike in giving, contributions during holiday seasons


    Executive director Theo McClammy said there has been a huge spike in giving, attributing this mostly to Hurricane Florence. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

    Onslow County Community Outreach is involved in so many community service events this time of year. They're really at the center of giving for our area.

    In past years, OCCO volunteers said they have high and low giving points with Christmas being a high giving point. This year has been a bit different. Executive director Theo McClammy said there has been a huge spike in giving, attributing this mostly to Hurricane Florence. He said once the holidays are over, he thinks they will have received more donations this year than possibly ever before.

    "By the way we recall, we were here, we remember Hurricane Florence," McClammy said. "Is there anything else that you need this year? So that indicates to us that there is still a high level of caring ... still a high level of sensitivity ... in our community. There is still a strong desire to help our community through this recovery."

    Another trend that's been noticed is the mentality of giving what you can in small amounts. They've had a steady stream of people in the community dropping off homemade or gently used items. One woman even knit a bunch of hats in all different sizes and dropped them off a few days ago.

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