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Cpl. Angelica Mendoza receives a package of Meal Ready to Eat to stock up for distribution to Hurricane Florence survivors in New Bern, N.C., Sept. 20, 2018. U.S. Marines and Soldiers with the U.S. Army National Guard came together to support local communities in the surrounding area that were affected during Hurricane Florence. Mendoza is a distribution management specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by: Lance Cpl. Alexandra Santos Arambulo)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Alexandra Santos Arambulo

Cherry Point Marines provide relief for Hurricane Florence Survivors

21 Sep 2018 | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

A small cadre of Marines from MCAS Cherry Point and local Army National Guard soldiers teamed up September 20, 2018, to give a hand to their civilian neighbors as local communities begin the slow climb back to their feet in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

The Marines, from Cherry Point’s Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, moved from house to house and street to street in New Bern, North Carolina, handing out food, water and encouragement in some of the city’s worst-hit neighborhoods.  Although they were not providing gourmet meals, the military Meals-Ready-To-Eat – or MREs – were received with thankful smiles from beleaguered residents.

Slow-moving Hurricane Florence made landfall on Sept. 14, 2018, with sustained winds hitting 90 mph and a seemingly never-ending barrage of rainfall, leaving flooded homes, destroyed roads, downed power lines … and many people without the most basic necessities.

After every knock on a New Bern home, service members offered much-appreciated food and water.  Community members repaid the Marines and Soldiers with thank-yous and warm smiles that were worth far more than the cost of any of the delivered field rations.

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