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Hurricanes, Capital Auto Group Announce Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

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The Canes are putting together a storm relief drive, and want your help and donations.

Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane Harvey Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

If you are looking for a way to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the Carolina Hurricanes are giving you the opportunity to do so without having to leave the Triangle.

The Hurricanes announced on Wednesday that they will be coordinating a relief drive for storm victims in Houston and nearby in Texas and Louisiana. Now through Friday, September 8, donations will be accepted at the VIP entrance of PNC Arena as well as Capital Automotive Group locations across the Triangle. The arena will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to receive donations, except that on Saturday, September 2 the hours are limited to 10-2 to accommodate the Ed Sheeran concert at the arena that night. Concert attendees are welcome and encouraged to donate at the concert, however.

Hurricanes president Don Waddell (11-noon) and general manager Ron Francis (noon-1) will be at the arena tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to welcome and thank fans for making donations. New goaltender Scott Darling will also take a shift at the donation center on Tuesday, September 5 from 1-2 p.m.

Among the items requested are gift cards to national big-box stores, baby and toilet necessities, pet supplies, bottled water and sports drinks, and plastic storage containers. Note that used clothes will not be accepted as donations.

The release from the team, including the complete list of items requested, is below.

CANES, CAPITAL AUTOMOTIVE GROUP AND CAROLINAS COLLISION CENTER TO HOST HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF DRIVE AT PNC ARENA
Darling, Francis and Waddell to help accept items for hurricane victims

The Carolina Hurricanes and team sponsor Capital Automotive Group with the Carolinas Collision Center will host a Hurricane Harvey relief drive at PNC Arena beginning today. At the conclusion of the drive, employees from Capital Ford in Raleigh will deliver the items to organizations that are assisting those affected by the storm in Texas.

Donations will be accepted at the PNC Arena VIP Entrance from Wednesday, Aug. 30 to Friday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that on Saturday, Sept. 2, donations will only be accepted from the general public between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., but that guests attending the Ed Sheeran concert that evening are welcomed and encouraged to bring donations to the show.

To aid with the relief drive, Hurricanes President Don Waddell will help receive donations at PNC Arena from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursday, followed by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. In addition, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling will assist with the relief drive from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Donations will also be accepted at any Capital Automotive Group location in the Triangle.

Fans are encouraged to help with the relief efforts by donating:

Gift cards to national big box stores (Walmart, Target, etc.)
Cases of bottled water and sports drinks
Baby items, including diapers, wipes, etc.
Non-perishable dry goods and canned goods
Bleach, Lysol, Clorox wipes, etc.
Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, feminine products, deodorant
Paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, etc.
Pet supplies, including dog and cat food
New pillows, sheets and towels
Plastic storage bins

No used clothing will be accepted.