BEAUFORT COUNTY -

Two local churches are collecting items for the victims of the tornado that ravaged Beaufort County last month.

The Bethany Christian Church in New Bern is working with the St. Clair's Church of Christ in Bath to help the families affected by the April 25 tornado. The hardest hit location was along Whichards Beach Road near Chocowinity, where several homes were destroyed. The tornado was rated as an EF3, meaning wind speeds were between 136 to 165 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Those who wish to drop off items for the victims can do so at the Bethany Christian Church, located at 3475 Highway 55 West in New Bern. Members will be on hand on Thursday, May 8 (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Monday, May 12 (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) to collect the items.

According to the church, members have been in contact with the affected families in Beaufort County, and have come up with a list of specific items that the victims need.

The church is NOT accepting clothes but will accept the following:

-Canned/non-perishable food;
-Can openers;
-Cleaning supplies (mops, bleach, gloves, paper towels);
-Cooking utensils;
-Dishes (new or used if in good condition);
-Elderly items (Ensure drinks);
-Household items (towels, sheets, pillows);
-Infant items (diapers, wipes, formula);
-Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body wash);
-Pet foods/litter
-Plastic plates and utensils;
-Small kitchen appliances (microwave, crock pot, toaster oven);
-Silverware/knife sets.

Those who wish to send a check donation can mail it to the following address:

St. Clair's Church of Christ
C/O Jay Mason, church treasurer
11255 NC 99 South, Bath N.C. 27808.

Please include your mailing address on the envelope so a tax receipt can be returned to you.