Members of the Ocracoke community are working to establish a fund to benefit the one survivor and families of the four people killed in Saturday's explosion. More information continues to surface that will help the people of Ocracoke determine the best course of action. A final decision may not be made until early next week.
In the meanwhile a fund has been established at the Lord's Table Church in Goldsboro where several of the workers attended. I do not know exactly how this money will be dispersed. I understand that more information is available by calling 919-751-8188. Checks may be made payable to The Ocracoke Fireworks Disaster Fund and may be mailed to:
The Ocracoke Fireworks Disaster Fund
c/o The Lord's Table
Goldsboro, NC 27532
At this time I do not know if an Ocracoke Island fund will be combined with this fund, or if it will be separate. I will post the information as soon as it is available.
According to news sources, Charles Kirkland, Jr, 49, was killed in the explosion.
Three others died later in hospitals. They were Terry Holland, 49; Mark Hill, 21; and Lisa Simmons, 41.
Martez Holland, 27, survived the blast, and is being treated for burns over 20% of his body.
The people of Ocracoke continue to grieve over this tragic loss of life and serious injury.