Myrtle Beach resort helps Gulf Coast clean-up effort

By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -  Sands Resorts has decided to donate a portion of money they receive from displaced vacationers to the Gulf Coast Restoration Network.

The network is aiding in restoring the Gulf Coast after an oil spill.

The CEO of the company, Lee Rawcliffe, said he understands what hotels and other people in the hospitality industry are going through in the Gulf region. He said it was a natural reaction to step in and help by donating 10 percent of its revenue from displaced vacationers.

"They can use all of the help they can get. Thats a nice effort on their part," said Nancy Green, who is visiting Myrtle Beach from North Carolina. "Maybe more hotels and people will step up and do the same thing."

The company that operates six Myrtle Beach resorts has been getting more business from people who changed their plans because of the spill and decided to take a trip to Myrtle Beach. A group of more than 100 people is arriving at Ocean Dunes and Sand Dunes resorts on Thursday.

Rawcliffe said that's one reason why the company wants to do their part in the cleaning effort.

"If you care about what we have here, then you care all of it. When our neighbors are threatened, we have to do a little something to give back to them and help them," said Rawcliffe.

Sands Resorts is working with and to reach as many families as possible. They are offering special packages under the title "Gulf Restoration Network."

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