Give back for #GivingTuesday

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday.

This year marks the 2nd annual Giving Tuesday and there are a lot of ways you can get involved locally.

New Spring Church donated over 600 pairs of shoes to students at South Conway Elementary School on Tuesday.

Sariyah, one of these grateful students, said: "Some people do not have shoes and I'm very sad for them. I feel lucky and happy that I have new shoes."

The church donated these shoes as a community outreach project for the second year in a row.  The campus pastor, Charlie Bagwell, says it was a coincidence that the event fell on Giving Tuesday.

"It's always a lot of fun to see the kids faces," he says. "We see kids walk in here with the same shoes that we were able to put on their feet last year, so it's been a whole year since they've been able to get the opportunity to have new shoes."

"This morning one of our children got off the bus and he showed me his shoes and his toes were kind of coming through his shoes and he said, today I get new shoes," says A Denise Williams, parent coordinator for South Conway Elementary.

She says there's always a need for help.  A lot of people also need hygiene products like toilet paper, laundry detergent and shampoo that food stamps do not cover.

The best way to donate is through area organizations such as "Help for Kids," or by stopping in a local church.

Giving doesn't always have to be gifts, you can also donate your time.

United Way of Horry County has come up with a new online data base with opportunities for you to "Get Connected."

The web-based platform matches donors, volunteers and organizations with a chance to make a difference in the community.

Any non-profit in Horry County can sign up for the website.

If you're in the holiday spirit, or looking to help, you can sign up for free.

Tracy Lee Vreeland with United Way Horry County says there's always a need for volunteers.

"Salvation Army has its angel tree and they need volunteers, help for kids needs volunteers to collect coats and toys for Christmas time so that's all on there and there's also events," she said.

The site helps those in need this holiday season as well.

"You can dial 211 from a landline phone, or you can go online and you can find help with toys for your kids for Christmas," Vreeland said. "If you need counseling this time of year, you know the holiday blues can get some people down, anything you're looking for, all those resources are in one place," Vreeland says.

United Way of Horry County is also collecting donations for Giving Tuesday that it will hand out among the 41 organizations it works with.

For more information visit United Way of Horry County website:

or, you can go straight to the "Get Connected," database:

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