MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Organizers for the American Red Cross charity auction at Jamin' Leather feel it was absolutely necessary to keep the event going.
Owner Jamie Keats says canceling the event simply was not an option, especially with severe flooding being a threat this weekend and local families possibly needing help. Keats says they will be bringing the event inside for Saturday's event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Thursday, Keats says they raised more than $500 in donations. Last year, the auction raised more than $9,000. Since 2002, Keats says the auctions raised anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 and he says weekends like this prove just how necessary keeping the auction going is.
"If somebody's displaced because of the flooding, it's the Red Cross that will be here to take care of them and that's what we do it for. So we want to make sure we are here to help as quickly as we can, as much as often as we can, and every Bike Week we do the same thing," Keats explained.
Lou Palm, The Red Cross' Disaster Manager for Eastern South Carolina says these donations are greatly appreciated. Palm, who is very familiar with the auction at Jamin' Leather, says these events are critical and allow the Red Cross to open as many shelters as they can. Shelters to make you and your family feel safe and comfortable if you need to evacuate your home; shelters they may have to open through this weekend.
Jamie Keats realizes the organization never hesitates to help those in need.
"Whether it be fire, or displacements due to storms, there's a lot of reasons where the Red Cross comes in handy, and they're there at the very last second you need them, so it's a pretty awesome charity and a lot of great volunteers that are there," Keats said.
The event is open to the public. Both the American Red Cross and those at Jamin' Leather urge everyone to come and support the cause because if the donations aren't immediately used this weekend, it's a guarantee they'll be needed in the future.