What if, in addition to the uncertainty and sorrow that you may have recently faced, you find yourself looking at a situation that seemed unimaginable before today?

What if a routine medical checkup leads to the grim news you never want to hear:

You Have Cancer

A cure is possible, but the treatments will require you to be out of work for weeks.

You exhausted your savings in the early weeks of the pandemic, so who will pay the utility bills and cover the rent while you focus on your health?

Perhaps you’re a single parent? Who will help you when you are too weak to care for your children, or even yourself?

Anxiety like you’ve never experienced. Pure terror. Just when your body needs rest the most, sleep becomes elusive.

This is just a sample of the many stories brought to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation on a daily basis. They are punches to the gut. They literally take your breath away.

These are our neighbors, and they are suffering. It’s not just the pandemic. Tragedies come in all shapes and sizes, and they occur when you least expect them.

Imagine, if you will, the courage it takes to approach the OBRF for help.

Relief funding won’t solve everything. Perhaps, though, knowing you are not alone, and being treated with the dignity you deserve, is a good start.

Receiving enough funds to cover a mortgage payment, a month of utilities and a car payment allows you to breathe.

Just maybe, you can begin to think about a plan.

Last night, you had an actual good night’s sleep. You can do this!

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Nags Head. And it’s so much more than that. It’s neighbors helping neighbors to survive – to thrive. It’s minimizing red tape to provide relief to good people in times of need.

If your circumstances allow, please consider a donation to the OBRF to lend a hand to someone in need. Perhaps you can share your good fortune with others and make a difference in their lives. While you’re at it, check in with the family down the street to see how they are doing. Let’s be there for each other.