Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A Modest Proposal

Now that visitors will soon be allowed back on Ocracoke Island (see the previous post) we are sure that many of our readers will be heading this way for a week or so of rest and relaxation in the next few months. Fall is one of the best times to visit Ocracoke -- lower temperatures, low humidity, warm water, great fishing, etc.

When visitors return, there will be only a few reminders of hurricane Irene on Ocracoke. Ocracoke was extremely fortunate, and most of the damage has been repaired and cleaned up. However, we did lose two prime weeks of business. All of our local restaurants, shops, and service providers welcome you back to the island and look forward to your patronage.

Residents of Hatteras Island were not so fortunate. Many lost their homes and all of their possessions. Ocracokers have been gathering supplies to send to Hatteras. If you are making a trip to Ocracoke in the next few weeks, please consider bringing some extra supplies to share with our neighbors to the north. Below is a list of the most needed items.

Please keep in mind that personal items (toothpaste, soap, razors, etc.) should be new.

Donations may be brought to Village Craftsmen. We will see that all items are taken to Hatteras to be distributed to those in need.



■socks (especially new women's and children's socks)





■plastic storage totes with lids and label making supplies



■Dog Food/Cat Food

■Rubber Gloves - WORK GLOVES!

■Hand Sanitizer

■Trash Bags & Contractor Clean Up Bags

■Bleach and Cleaning Wipes

■Paper Products and Disposable plates, cups and utensils

■Bottled Water

■Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Baby Items (shampoo, soap) - onesies, etc.

■School Supplies - paper, pencils, notebooks, etc.


■bug spray


■shampoo and conditioner


■coolers, trash cans, laundry baskets

■coffeemakers, mixers, bowls

■Packaging Tape & Duct Tape

■Feminine Hygeine Products


This list may be updated periodically. Click here for the latest information about needs:!/notes/hatteras-island-vs-hurricane-irene-august-2011/compiled-resource-list-for-anyone-who-wants-to-help/280516281962437.


  1. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Thanks for the news this past week! Hope you had a good turnout for the dance too-sounded like fun! Glad to here you and others are back in business. I had a fire 2 doors down last year which was about a month of shutdown. Of course, we were happy the building and contents were not destroyed but-it was a long month. SueM

  2. Anonymous3:15 PM

    Awesome news....thanks for including the list of needs. Good idea, Philip!

  3. Toni W.8:35 PM

    We will be there next week and will drop some things off for the Hatteras relief effort.

  4. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Philip could we mail items to you?

  5. You may drop items off at Village Craftsmen...but do not mail them to us. Please use this address:

    Hatteras Island Family Medicine
    Attn: Alex Hodges
    50204 Water Association Road
    Frisco, NC 27936

    Thank you for your concern.

  6. I've been reading your blog throughout the hurricane with so much concern for HI and Ocracoke - Both places I've been visiting for over 20 yrs. Little did I know, where I live would be experience flooding that is now breaking most records - Central PA, Susquehanna River Valley. We are landlocked - like an island.

  7. I will be posting information tomorrow about providing aid to other areas of our country that have been devastated by recent storms, fires, etc. We are heartbroken that many of our readers, citizens of nearby communities, and others across the nation are victims of these terrible natural disasters.

    We are keeping you in our thoughts just as surely as you kept us in yours as Irene approached the Outer Banks. May you all be safe and cared for.

  8. Dear Unknown,
    I know your situation well. My first teaching job was in Wilkes Barre and I was there for Hurricane Agnes. I was young and just married and was working at a restaurant as well at the time. I actually got fired from the restaurant job as one couple came in and were very 'snotty' about the lack of available food we had. I couldn't help myself but to speak out. Take care, unknown, be safe.

  9. Dawn Taylor7:17 AM

    Thank you for posting about the needs of the people of Hatteras Island. You are greatly appreciated.