Hurricane Relief Palooza – helps parents while entertaining kids

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) _ The halls of Two Rivers Church in New Bern was packed Friday evening with parents and kids alike taking part in the first of the two day Hurricane Relief Palooza.

The event was organized by Carrie on NC, a local Craven County Non-Profit that focuses on a number of issues surrounding kids, with the goal of helping parents and giving kids a fun experience just before Halloween.

Those who attended walked away with a free gift bag provided by Farouk Systems Inc., with like a hairdryer, shampoos and hairspray. “We’re just trying to bring some relief efforts and to bring joy. That’s our big thing, bringing joy to kids lives, we’re trying to bring more than just the normal basic needs, we’re trying to bring things people don’t think about,” said Brittaney Ratzlaff, the founder and President of Carrie on NC. Parents were also given the chance to look through donated clothes to help replace things lost during the storm.

“It shows you that you have a lot of good people with good hearts, because a lot of people who do these things are volunteers and they don’t have to do it, and a lot of donations are given, which people don’t have to do, so it shows me that there are still good people in the world,” said Andrea White, who attended the event with her family.

Hurricane Relief Palooza continues Saturday at the New Life Church in New Bern off Old Cherry Point Rd. Volunteers and organizers will be there from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and will be giving out more free and donated items, and will provide fun and games for children.

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