From Durham with Love

What a weekend!  Katie Basden, it was an honor to partner with you and crew – Amanda, Anne and everyone – on such a great event.  You’re simply amazing.  To The Rickhouse, DeHaven’s, Durham Coke, and everyone who helped fill that truck – lots of  <3!  Your kindness has brought light and hope to so many.

When you list contributors, there’s always the risk of leaving people out.  We’ll do our best.

  • Katie Basden – concert organizer extraordinaire + heart of gold
  • Amanda Taylor
  • Anne Basden
  • Danny Basden
  • The TONS of Basden family + friends on Katie’s team
  • Rissi Palmer
  • Sandra Dubose
  • The Rickhouse
  • DeHaven’s Transfer & Storage
  • Durham Coke
  • Bull City Street Food
  • Buddhalicious
  • Braggtown Baptist Church
  • Durham Church
  • Durham Friends Meeting
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • Balloons & Tunes
  • Metro Productions
  • MiMi Nail Spa
  • Panther Creek neighbors
  • Revolve Church
  • Stitch Doctor Embroidery
  • Robeson County Church and Community Center
  • Southeastern Community & Family Services
  • LOTS of individuals, families and groups with very big hearts, including you





From Durham with Love

Join us this Friday (11/11) for “From Durham with Love,” a benefit concert and fill-the-truck event organized and hosted by Durham’s own Katie Basden.  The artist line-up includes Katie and friends Rissi Palmer and Sandra Dubose.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Tax-deductible donations (cash and check) and relief supplies will be accepted.  Help us fill the truck!  ❤

And spread the word if you will.  Many thanks!

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Oct. 29: Tragedy + Transformation

Transformation means to be changed through.  The Greek root is metanoia.  It is the journey the caterpillar takes to become a butterfly.  While butterflies are the things of light thoughts and happy endings, the time spent in the cocoon – crawling along the ground in a big, scary world – that’s the part we must often embrace, not because it’s ultimately good for us but because we generally have no choice.  Transformation is hard.

In a lesser way, we are transformed by our drive to Robeson County today.  There are too many words and yet none at all.

The needs have not ended, and they won’t for a very long time.

See our gallery for photos from today.  Soon there will be a new page for Robeson Voices.  They need and deserve to be heard.

Thank you all for your love.  Keep it coming.


  • School supplies
  • Canned + dry foods
  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries – all types
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • OTC meds: pain-relief, allergy, acid-blockers, antacids, etc.
  • Diapers + baby wipes
  • Baby food + infant formula
  • New socks and underwear – men, women, children *
  • New or gently used, laundered coats and jackets *

* No other clothing at this time, please.

BRING to the Nov. 11 “FROM DURHAM WITH LOVE” concert and help us load the truck!

or  DELIVER Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Braggtown Baptist Church {3218 N. Roxboro St., Durham}.  ~OR~  Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Stitch Doctor Embroidery {3702-2A Hillsborough Rd, Durham}

or  SHIP VIA AMAZON to Hurricane Relief, P.O. Box 3535, Pembroke, NC 28372.  Please visit our Amazon Wish List.  School supplies are the most important item on the Amazon list.

or  MESSAGE US to make alternate arrangements.

Thank you, Durham {and beyond}.  You’re beautiful. 

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Miles and miles of misery in neighborhoods like yours and mine.

The flood was a great equalizer.  The large prosperous Mayfair community lies outside the flood plain zone.  Only one resident, a man whose sister lives in Durham, is known to have flood insurance because a flood in this area was thought impossible.  A levee breach changed the rules, leaving hundreds to pay mortgages on homes in which they cannot reside or even visit.  The stench of mold and decay hangs heavy in the streets.  Like the residents of lower-income neighborhoods, they have lost their cars, their homes, and in many cases, their jobs.


Hurricane Matthew: What Neighbors in the Triangle Can Do – TODAY

Durham Share

We are collecting hurricane-relief supplies for hard-hit Robeson County where thousands of people became homeless overnight. We’re working with local citizens and leaders to get critical supplies directly in the hands of people who need them. We will make weekly deliveries to established shelters and relief agencies. Please share your resources and your time as you are able. Let’s share some Bull City !

Here’s what you can do:

SHARE our weekly list of urgent needs
CHECK your pantries and closets for most-needed items
PURCHASE items with your weekly grocery run
COLLECT from your friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, etc.
DELIVER to Braggtown Baptist Church, Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:30 a.m. {3218 N. Roxboro St. Durham, NC 27704}
TAKE A TURN delivering supplies (once, occasionally or regularly)

SHIP VIA AMAZON TO: Hurricane Relief, P.O. Box 3535, Pembroke, NC 28372

MESSAGE us with questions or to volunteer