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Red Cross beginning to determine financial assistance for fire victims on Monday

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) – Casework to determine financial assistance for individuals and families whose homes were damaged or destroyed in Saturday's fire in Carolina Forest will begin Monday at 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Red Cross.

The Red Cross encourages affected residents to go to the shelter at Beach Church, at 557 George Bishop Parkway the Red Cross beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m., to receive assistance. If residents cannot come to the shelter, they are asked to call the Red Cross at 843-477-0020 for assistance.

Since yesterday's fire in Carolina Forest, the Red Cross has registered over 189 residents in its shelter and provided over 1,000 meals, and 2,100 snacks and drinks to residents affected by the fire and first responders.

30 Red Cross volunteers and numerous Red Cross response vehicles remain at the scene of the fire providing food and hydration to first responders still working at the scene.

Trained Red Cross mental health workers are available providing emotional support to those affected by the fire.

Red Cross workers and emergency vehicles remain on the scene, and they urge anyone affected to call 843-477-0020 for assistance.

There are a number of ways to make financial contributions to the Red Cross – by visitingredcross.org, by calling 843-477-0020 or by mailing a contribution to 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

People looking to donate no-cash items, the Red Cross recommends contacting the Goodwill and Salvation Army or other local non-profit organizations in the community that accept non-cash items.

WMBF News Reporter Erika Gonzalez will be LIVE from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on WMBF News Today at the Red Cross shelter where displaced families are staying. Tune in for the very latest.

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