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Friends rally as Hurricane damage costs run high

The cost of damages incurred from Hurricane Matthew are mounting as conditions at Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) Eastern North Carolina locations, particularly Kennedy Home in Kinston, continue to be assessed.

The storm that devastated much of the eastern part of the state on October 8 impacted seven BCH locations. Wind-driven rains caused trees to fall, water damage in several buildings, and loss of power. Many of the children and staff members were forced to temporarily evacuate until it was safe for them to return.

Kennedy Home, BCH’s second-largest campus, was hit the hardest with residents and staff relocating to Mills Home in Thomasville for a week. Early estimates show at least $1.5 million in damages on the campus.

“It’s heartbreaking to see Kennedy Home staggering in the aftermath of this devastating storm.” BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell says. “The cost to restore this great place is going to be high. I ask everyone to be in prayer for Kennedy Home and to give how God leads.”

A total of 32 trees have fallen and another 30 toppled around the perimeter of the campus. A total of 18 out of 24 buildings suffered some level of damage including staff housing, the gymnasium, the food storage building, and five residential cottages.

In some buildings, new walls will need to be installed and flooring replaced. The floor at the gymnasium, one of the children’s favorite spots, was completely ruined.