HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and catching up with family and friends it can be hard to take a step back and remember what it's all about.
There are a lot of local groups helping those in need this holiday season and WMBF News is helping you bring others holiday cheer this year. Below you will find a list of ways you can help make someone else's season bright.
Nov. 16- 6:30 p.m., Coastal Grand Mall- Salvation Army's Angel Tree and Red Kettle Kick Off
The Salvation Army is kicking off their annual Angel Tree and Red Kettle programs on Friday, Nov. 16 at Coastal Grand Mall at 6:30 p.m. in front of Belk and Andy Owings Music Center.
Entertainment included performances by the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, Silver Lining Dance Academy and Tom Rotante.
Through Nov. 16- 10th Annual Marathon for Meals
WAVE 104.1 and Broadway at the Beach are collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items for the Myrtle Beach based Community Kitchen and Helping Hand organizations.
Scott Mann is stationed in the Carolina RV in front of the visitor's center at Broadway at the Beach until Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. The five Piggly Wiggly's along the Grand Strand, Bistro 90 on Hwy. 90 and Falk Family Chiropractic and Wellness in Conway and Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital will also have designated donation bins.
The most needed items are as follows:
Food: cereal, grits, oatmeal, instant potatoes, rice, canned potatoes, sweet potatoes, pork & beans, pinto beans, black eye peas, dry beans, peas, green beans, corn, tomatoes, carrots, mixed vegetables, beets, spinach, other greens, mac & cheese, pasta & sauce, coffee, tea, juice, kool-aid, canned milk, dry milk, hot chocolate, baby food, peanut butter, and jelly.
Hygiene Items: Soap, deodorant, shampoo, razors, feminine napkins, large diapers. Hygiene kits are provided to clients in need and contain soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, deodorant & comb.
Nov. 18- Dec. 24- Kroger supports The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign
Volunteer bell ringers will be at local Kroger Stores to raise money to provide toys for children, meals for the hungry, coats for the homeless and help for communities facing natural disasters.
Nov. 12 – 19- Operation Christmas Child, National Collection Week
Operation Christmas Child is a program that demonstrates God's love to needy children around the world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Local churches are participating in Operation Christmas Child and will be shipping the items to children around the world.
You can drop off boxes or items for boxes at any of the locations listed below. For more information call 1-800-353-5949.
In partnership with local Bojangles' restaurants and the Gardner Law Firm, WMBF is collecting canned foods to help local families at risk of hunger. All cans collected will be donated to the Helping Hand to be distributed to families and individuals in need.
In 2011, in partnership with Helping Hand, WMBF News and Bojangles' collected four tons of food, enough to fill three cargo vans. This year the Can-A-Thon goal is to collect even more cans to help more local families, but the community's help is crucial.
When you give you also save. Receive $1 off any Bojangles' Combo with a can donation, or donate five food items to receive $5 off a Family Feast.
Cans can be dropped off at any of the area's Bojangles' and either of the Gardner Law Firm offices.
Bojangles' #1076 located 91 Hwy 57 @ Hwy 9, Little River
Gardner Law Firm offices:
212 Main Street, Conway
1601 Oak Street, Suite 201, Myrtle Beach
Through Dec. 8 - Coast RTA's Coats for Kids Campaign
Donate new or gently used winter garments to families in need by dropping items off at various locations around the county. Drop off boxes can be found at the following locations: Myrtle Beach City Hall, Myrtle Beach City Services Building, Chapin Memorial Library, the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, the Law Enforcement Annex, the Horry County Memorial Library and the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.
All items will be distributed on Dec. 15 at the National Guard Armory in Conway.
Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m.- Substitutes for Santa
gsSCENE is helping kids from the Loris area have a Christmas experience. The event is in need of 75 volunteers this year. The evening begins at Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone where each child will be paired up with a volunteer. After dinner and games the volunteers will assist children in picking out toys and items on their Christmas wish list using a Wal-Mart gift card. All expenses are covered by donations.
If interested in volunteering call 916-7232. Ultimate California Pizza/ UCP Game Zone is located at 959 Lake Arrowhead Rd. in Myrtle Beach.
Through Dec. 19-SC Mothers Against Violence Toy Drive
The SC Mothers Against Violence are conducting a toy drive for children who lost parents to violence. The group began their toy drive with 50 children in mind and that number continues to grow.
Toys can be dropped off at the following locations. They will be distributed on December 21st.
Ryan's Restaurant, Surfside Beach
Chick-Fil-A on Hwy. 544, Surfside Beach
Life Outreach Church, Carver Street, Myrtle Beach
Big Mike's Restaurant, Oak Street, Myrtle Beach
Through Dec. 20 - Toys For Tots
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created by the U.S. Marine Corps to collect new, unwrapped toys during Oct., Nov. and Dec. each year to be distributed to needy children in the community.
Toys For Tots does not have an official list of items, instead they want donors to give items they might like to give a family member. This allows the organization to receive a variety of different items for the children.
For a complete list of drop off locations in the area visit the link below and click the "Toy Drop-Offs" tab at the top of the page: http://murrells-inlet-sc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donate-toys.aspx
Ongoing- North Strand Helping Hand
North Strand Helping Hand is a United Way of Horry County agency serving as an emergency aid for the less fortunate and homeless member of our community. In need of various donations such as food items, clothing and household items, monetary donations are always appreciated.
Fostering Hope accepts new and nearly new clothing throughout the year from preemie teen size clothing all the way to teen, toys, books and other children's items. Fostering Hope assists caseworkers of foster children by providing many of the basic items needed for the children.
Other suggested items include: underwear, hygiene items, pajamas, sneakers, bras and fleece blankets.
Located at 1001 Second Avenue in Conway. For more information call 254-8168.
If you know of any additional charities or volunteer opportunities please provide WMBF News with the details.
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