GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - A committee of community members has decided how money raised for victims of the fire in Georgetown's historic district should be disbursed.
That committee consisted of three representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, three from the Georgetown Business Association, two from Georgetown County Government, two from the City of Georgetown, and the Executive Director of the United Way.
The Front Street Fire Relief Fund at First Citizens Bank in Georgetown collected over $73,000. A total of $65,000 has been distributed so far.
The Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee agreed to distribute $47,500 to aid the residents, business owners and employees directly impacted by the Front Street Fire. They allocated $27,000 to aid business owners and help them reopen their businesses along Front Street.
As of now, the owners of Zest, Doodlebugs, Colonial Florist, Harborwalk Books, Boardwalk Boutique, and Goudelock and Co. have made significant progress in locating new property and reopening. Several of the businesses anticipate being open before the Wooden Boat Show on October 19.
"Helping the businesses in their efforts to reopen will have a long term positive effect on displaced workers by bringing jobs back to Front Street," says Brian Tucker with the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.
The committee also allocated $15,000 to assist residents with their immediate needs including clothing, initial deposits for dwellings and furniture. The balance of the allotted funds will be designated for the employees as they look for new employment.
The Distribution Committee will meet frequently to distribute newly deposited funds and address specific needs of those impacted.
Donations to the Front Street Fire Relief Fund can be made by visiting any branch of First Citizens Bank. You can make donations online at www.GeorgetownFireRelief.com or mail donations to:
FRONT STREET FIRE RELIEF FUND
C/O First Citizens Bank
726 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440