Donald Trump Donated Food, Supplies to Victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina

The Trump/Pence campaign delivered $29,000 in food and supplies to Hurricane Matthew victims in three North Carolina towns.

  • Published 17 October 2016

Claim

Donald Trump donated food and supplies to Lumberton, North Carolina, and other towns ravaged by Hurricane Matthew.

I would like to know if this is true or fake. Thank you for your time. Donald Trump brought food and supplies to Lumberton, NC and to 3 other towns ravaged by Hurricane Matthew.. you won't see this one in the news, they are too busy making up trash on him.. thank you Donald, this is what a real leader looks like people! Feel free to share this great story!

Collected via e-mail, October 2016

Origin

From late September through early October 2016, Hurricane Matthew cut a devastating path northward from the Caribbean to the southeastern United States, leaving more than a thousand dead and billions of dollars in property damage in its wake. In North Carolina, Matthew’s last point of contact with land before dissipating in the Atlantic on 9 October, at least 26 people were known dead and some communities in the western part of the state were still”effectively underwater” a week later, according to Reuters.

On 14 October 2016, posts went viral on Facebook and Twitter carrying the news that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump had delivered $29,000 worth of emergency food and supplies to residents in Lumberton, NC and other nearby towns stricken by the hurricane:

Apart from the implication that Donald Trump himself was present for the deliveries (he wasn’t), the social media reports were accurate. Led by daughter-in-law (wife of Eric Trump) Lara, a Trump/Pence campaign offshoot called the Women’s Empowerment Tour spent two days delivering emergency supplies to Lumberton, Fayetteville, and Greenville, North Carolina in mid-October. Campaign spokesman Mark Serrano told the Fayetteville Observer that Donald Trump donated $29,000 worth of food and supplies for the effort.

The GOP nominee tweeted a short video about the hurricane relief mission on 14 October:

Lara Trump, a North Carolina native, credited the candidate with diverting her group from the campaign trail and sending them to the devastated region. She told the Fayetteville Observer:

My father-in-law said, you take a break and go down and help them out. We really want to bring whatever relief we can.