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Red Cross shelters over 400 statewide after winter storm

Destiny, Marise, Miracyl and Melvin McMillian were among the 419 people who found a warm meal and place to sleep last night at a Red Cross shelter in the Palmetto SC Region. Source: Red Cross Destiny, Marise, Miracyl and Melvin McMillian were among the 419 people who found a warm meal and place to sleep last night at a Red Cross shelter in the Palmetto SC Region. Source: Red Cross

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A total of 419 people stayed in 19 Red Cross shelters across the state Thursday night, including several people in four locations in the Coastal South Carolina chapter of the Red Cross, according to a volunteer communicator.

The Red Cross Coastal South Carolina Chapter had a shelter open at The Beach Church in Myrtle Beach which housed five people overnight. The group also supported locations at the Conway Recreation Center, which housed 19 people, and locations in Andrews and Williamsburg, according to volunteer communicator Judy Delsignore.

These centers will likely be closed by tonight as power is restored to the area and people return home or find other arrangements, Delsignore said.

Dozens more spent the evening in several of the shelters further inland, in Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Lake City and Florence.

"The status of Red Cross shelters open remains fluid as Red Cross continues to work with emergency management officials to meet the needs of the community," according to representatives for the Red Cross Palmetto Region.

"It's a real cooperative effort among the different chapters and with our partners," Delsignore said, adding that the National Guard, for example, provided Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, to those in shelters.

Statewide, about 110 people served as Red Cross volunteers during this most recent winter storm.

You can help the Red Cross during this and future efforts with a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting ‘REDCROSS' to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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