Windsor Green fire victims getting financial assistance

Vouchers available for Carolina Forest fire victims

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - It's been more than a week since a fire took the homes of more than a hundred people at the Windsor Green complex in Carolina Forest, but that hasn't stopped the ongoing efforts to help support victims.

On Monday, local chapters of the Lions Club made available to the victims vouchers worth approximately $100 to $200 to get items like food, clothes, and bedding. The money was made available through a international grant of $10,000 through the club.

"They leave the voucher with the business and we take care of the bill," explained Randy Edwards, who is the District Governor of the local Lions Club chapter.

"We try to find where we can serve the less fortunate and in this case the victims of the fire," Edwards added.

According to Edwards, members also gave financially in the 2009 Horry County wildfire and in Darlington when tornados struck the region.

More money could also be coming, because Edwards said local clubs will be donating for victims, and he anticipates about $20,000 to be raised for relief efforts.

This coming Friday and Saturday, X Gym Sports Mall, which has been the hub for fire victim families, will be holding a sale of all the items. The money raised from the sale will go to the families.

Volunteers at the sports mall are now looking to get involved with a charity known as Sole4Souls, a shoe charity.

Bradley Parker, a volunteer, said the charity would exchange items out. "At the end of the day,we will be giving that stuff to them and they'll be taking it to their other facilities and other disaster areas as well," he said.

The Salvation Army is also getting involved with helping victims. The organization is paying for victims first month's rent, but they first have to get a referral from the American Red Cross before they can be approved for the assistance.

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