Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Just weeks after a tornado ripped through Darlington and left behind millions in damage, a disaster fund has been established for victims at the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation.
Foundation officials say the fund will be used for grant-making in response to emergencies that resulted from natural disasters in the seven-county area the foundation serves.
The recent tornado in Darlington County is the immediate need, although the fund will remain in place in perpetuity for natural disaster responses in Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion and Williamsburg counties.
"We are thrilled to establish this fund for the victims of natural disasters," said Trip DuBard, chairman of the Board of Trustees. "The Eastern Carolina Community Foundation board has chosen to seed this fund and knows that people will respond by donating generously to help others in this region, making a difference in the lives of the tornado victims."
Anyone who desires to assist the victims of the Darlington County tornado damage may make a tax-deductible donation to the fund.
In an unusual move recognizing the need and timeliness of the fund, the Darlington Raceway is also allowing local volunteers to collect money this weekend to support the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund.