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Local charities looking for help amid flood recovery

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Surviving the storm is about the community coming together and there are many ways you can help out.

South Strand Helping Hand

South Strand Helping Hand, United Way and The Emergency Management Division working to fill up a truck with as many donations that will fit. The truck is sitting in the Valentino's II parking lot, on US-17, in Surfside Beach.

“People are dying, their houses are being washed away, their businesses are destroyed or never gonna come back,” Beth Kohlmann with South Strand Helping Hand said  “I really believe the people of South Carolina are going to come together.”

Everything donated will be shipped to a warehouse in Florence and distributed to the needs of each area, according to Kohlmann. The donations will be collected on a day-by-day basis, as needed.

These efforts hit close to home for some volunteers, including K-Rae’s Waterway Bar and Grille owner Kerri Conlon.

“We’re on the Waccamaw River so it rose and it flooded the restaurant and the marina,” said Conlon.

Despite not being able to get to K-Rae’s for days, the staff is still hard at work with the crew filling up the donation truck.

Churches Assisting People

Churches Assisting People in Conway is also looking for your help. CAP is expecting more people to show up in the coming days, which means the need for more donations.

“The more we can store right now probably the better because this is gonna go on for weeks,” CAP Director Gail LaSalle said. “Well extend our hours if we need to, and we’ll do everything we can to get enough in here to help as many people as we possibly can.”

Knowing as a community, we will rise above this flood.

“We can do so many things as an individual, but we can do so much more when we work together,” she said.

Donation Ideas:

Non-perishable foods

Canned Tuna




Cleaning supplies

Monetary Donations

Horry County leaders say you can also donate money to these agencies:

Impact Ministries-http://impactmb.org/disaster-relief/ or 843-628-5300

The Salvation Army of Horry County-https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/flood or 1-800-725-2769 or text STORM to 51555 to receive a link for easy mobile giving

The American Red Cross-Eastern South Carolina Chapter-http://www.redcross.org/local/sc/locations/eastern-sc or 843-477-0020

The United Way of Horry County-https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/UnitedWayofHorryCounty or 843-347-5195

For food donations-Catholic Charities- 855-377-1357

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