MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Marino Garbin's passion for family doesn't stop at his doorstep. He goes out into the community to help others stay together, working with Myrtle Beach Haven, a charity he's supported on several occasions.
When Marino Garbin saw WMBF News Pass the Cash, he immediately thought of Myrtle Beach Haven because of the good work they do for the county's homeless.
"[I] figured $300 could help out a little bit, at least with groceries or something like that," Garbin told Dwight Carraway, director of Myrtle Beach Haven.
Carraway says Haven is the oldest homeless shelter in Horry County and the only shelter that can take in a whole family.
"Our emphasis is to make sure small children are not sleeping in the streets or cars or in a tent or something," Carraway said.
Carraway says the shelter can house up to 50 people, though they've been lucky and never had to turn anyone away. He says the shelter is always in need of the staples every household often runs out of: milk, bread and toiletries to name a few.
The day we surprised Carraway was supposed to be his day off, but he was up at 5 a.m. helping families in need. His day off became a day on to help those who he says want to help themselves.
"People often think that homeless people are bad people," Carraway said. "It's not. They're good people that bad things have happened to, and they need a helping hand to regroup."