Recovery committee gets grant to help Matthew victims

By Bob Shiles -

Ken Windley

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Long Term Disaster Recovery Committee has received a grant that will allow some medical-related needs of Hurricane Matthew victims to be met.

Ken Windley, a former Robeson County manager and the chairman of the recovery committee, said that the American Red Cross has awarded his committee a $20,000 grant to be used to help hurricane victims with physical disabilities.

“We want everyone to know that we can help,” Windley said. “We want people to be comfortable calling us. We are a resource and also a means for people to possibly get money to help in their recovery efforts.”

According to Windley, the grant will assist disabled individuals to acquire a walker or wheelchair; provide up to $250 for machines such as a CPAP unit; pay up to $250 to pump out a mobile home septic tank system that was damaged during the storm; provide up to $250 for steps or ramps at a mobile home that is inhabited by an individual with a physical disability; and provide for other needs.

Windley said that he would prefer that those applying for funds from the grant have a FEMA number so that the application can be processed without delay.

To apply for assistance through the Red Cross grant, call the United Way at 910-739-4249. Calls will be referred to case workers recently hired by the recovery committee.

Ken Windley Windley

By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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