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‘Time helps heal wounds’: One month after tragic Carteret County plane crash

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DOWN EAST, NC (WNCT) – Since the Carteret County plane crash a month ago, the Down East community is still in shock.

Despite the tragedy, which occurred on February 13, many area residents are grateful for how the community has come together to honor and support the victims and their families.

“A lot of family members in the community are hurting and still hurting and still going through the grieving process. But time helps heal wounds,” Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck said.

Buck says he’s never seen anything like this before, from the various fundraisers to the blue ribbons, to the hundreds of people showing their love in so many ways, all to support the community as it continues to grow. to cure.

“Just drive down the road and see the blue arcs, on a mailbox or on a sign. It all just showed the tremendous outpouring of support for the victims and their families and the community at large,” Buck said.

One such means of support is Lookout Grocery in Smyrna, which has raised money to give to families. The store manager says they have raised over $150,000 so far. They know it won’t ease the family’s pain, but they hope it helps.

“It’s just been a blessing for the family, to see everyone coming together as a community and everywhere, just about every state you can imagine has reached out to us to donate money. [It’s] been unreal,” said Dawn Russell, director of Lookout Grocery.

In addition to monetary donations, a local florist organized the Blue Ribbon campaign in honor of the victims, taking more than 450 ribbon orders to date.

“It’s very comforting. And it’s an amazing thing to be part of this community. I mean, it’s such a tragic thing that happened. And our thoughts are with the families,” said Lexi Brittingham, manager of Sandy’s Flower Shop in Beaufort.

The WNCT contacted the Carteret County Public Schools System, and they said the community was tired after memorial services for the victims in recent weeks. Buck said it’s something Carteret is going to deal with for a long time.

“I think the healing process has started but it’s going to take a while,” Buck said.

Click here for the official Core Sound Family Fundraiser. For more information on how to donate to Lookout Grocery, check them out on Facebook here.