Displaced kids return to Kinston Baptist Children’s Home after flooding

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- There's no place like home, and now 40 children are returning to that place after a week-long stay in the Piedmont Triad.

The Baptist Children's Home in Kinston was flooded and damaged by Hurricane Matthew. It was the hardest hit of the non-profit's more than 20.

Baptist Children's Home representatives say seven homes were damaged by the storm.

"We try to provide them hope, healing and a safe place to live," said Communications Director Blake Ragsdale.

That job of providing a safe place to live is now more important than ever for the non-profit. Displaced from Kinston, more than 50 children and staff stayed at the Thomasville Baptist Children's Home.

Good news is the Kinston center is now safe again, as the group traveled back to eastern North Carolina Sunday.

"It's been difficult but I tell you what, they're spirits have been high, they've done very well," Ragsdale said. "It's a testament to how strong these kids are and how great the staff are."

He says if people want to get involved, gift cards to Walmart or Food Lion go a long way to help rebuild and replace goods.

There are a number of collection sites in our area to help these children. Congressman Mark Walker has set up four sites to donate to across the Piedmont Triad.

Folks in Lexington will also be holding a relief rive for the Baptist Children's Homes at the Jerry Hunt Sports Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.