CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Those looking to assist families displaced by the fire in Carolina Forest that destroyed or damaged 26 buildings in the Windsor Green complex have several options.
At this time, those wishing to make monetary donations to assist families are being referred to the Red Cross. You can coordinate a donation by called the Red Cross main line: 1-800-RED-CROSS, going to redcross.org, or by visiting one of the seven local Red Cross offices listed here:
The American Red Cross and Goodwill have set up their command center for accepting donations in the X-Gym, across from the Beach Church on George Bishop Parkway. They are accepting all donations collected at other Goodwill locations throughout Horry County and those collecting at businesses working to help the victims. YOU CAN BRING DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO THIS LOCATION.
Jersey Bagels and Subs and Carolina Forest Rental Properties at 4006 Postal Way are collecting donations for the victims of the fire. Jersey Bagels and Subs can be reached at 843-236-5099. Carolina Forest Rental Properties can be reached at 843-796-2478.
The Learning Station Child Development Center will be providing three months of free childcare services for families with children aged 2 years and older, whose home was lost on Saturday. They will also be collecting any donated items for children to pass to the Red Cross. They can be reached at 843-349-0108 and their address is 690 Singleton Ridge Road in Conway.
The Carolina Forest Recreation Center is taking donations for affected families. Those affected may also use the facilities during business hours. Their phone number is 843-915-5332 and their address is 2254 Carolina Forest Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.
Cut, Bank, Blow Hair Studio in Market Common is accepting donations of food or clothes. They are located at 2876 East Howard Avenue in Myrtle Beach. They can be reached at 843-213-1468
Myrtle Beach Ink is accepting any type of donations at 704 Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach. They can be reached at 843-626-8282. Elite Ink Tattoos at 702 Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach is also accepting donations and can be reached at 843-448-4708.
Boston Pizza at 4012 Postal Way in Myrtle Beach accepting donations for victims. They can be reached at 843-236-4777
Facebook user Randy Akers posted a link to an event at The Tavern at the Forest, which reads:
"During our Wednesday karaoke show at Tavern in the Forest, we're asking for donations of: Toiletries, diapers, non-perishable food items, clothes, blankets and bedding. Of course, monetary donations will be accepted as well. All donations will be delivered to the local shelter... Thursday morning. Any monetary donations will go directly to the American Red Cross efforts locally." The address for The Tavern in the Forest is 4999 Carolina Forest Blvd,& Myrtle Beach.
Chet Crockett at Carolina Forest Rental Properties told WMBF reporters that he will be opening his office on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to accept items for the people impacted by today's fire. Also, they will accept items all next week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. They will accept clothing, non-perishable food, pet supplies, school supplies, blankets and bedding. The office location is 4006 Postal Way, Suite A in Carolina Forest. Their phone number is 843-796-2478.
Facebook user Deb Bellamy posted this on the WMBF News Facebook wall:
"The employees of AMS Ambulance Company in Conway,SC are accepting donations tomorrow at Agape Assisted Living Facility. 2320 HWY 378 Conway, SC 29526. They will be there between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.. They will be accepting ANY and ALL donations for the fire victims. Clothes, toys, blankets, toiletries, non perishable food, bottled water, diapers, etc. Just look for the crews by the ambulance. Their goal is to fill at least one ambulance with necessities that the victims so desperately need. All donations will be taken to the shelter and given to the Red Cross first thing Monday morning!"
Pets Inn Paradise is offering to assist affected families with pets whose homes were burned. They can be reached at 843-314-3849 or 843-957-8069.
Mar-C's in North Myrtle Beach will collect items 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can be contacted to arrange alternate drop-off times at 843-361-0825. They are located at 1626 Suite E. Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach.
Alta Surf Apartment Homes will collect for affected families beginning Monday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will accept any type of donation. They can be reached at 843-903-0403 and are located at 101 Breakers Drive in Myrtle Beach.
Fostering Hope in Conway may be contacted at 843-254-8168 to set up an appointment to get clothing and other items for children.
According to another post on Facebook, Ron Jon's is having a Community Fundraiser for those families who have lost their homes in the Carolina Forest Fire on Monday, March 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are offering a ziti dinner for $7 for adults and $5 for children, as well as a 50/50, and a silent auction. Then post states many businesses have already donated to the silent auction. The post also states that Ron Jon's will be a drop-off point for any donations of clothes, pet supplies, personal hygiene items, and more.
The Revival Tabernacle Church (1258 Third Avenue South, Myrtle Beach) is collecting clothing, canned goods, shoes and personal hygiene products every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. they are also hosting a breakfast fundraiser, which will benefit the Carolina Forest Fire victims.
We will continue to update this story as we get details on what is needed by those displaced by the fire, and where donations can be made.
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