Businesses step up to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew

Businesses step up to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As many hit hard by Hurricane Matthew are looking to rebuild their lives, relief for them has poured in. Since the storm, area businesses are helping provide food, water and other essentials to families in need.

The Horry County branch of the Low Country Food Bank said donations by the truckload are coming in to help with relief efforts. Low Country Food Bank Regional Food Center Manager Shayla Livingston said more donations is a good thing, because they have more to send out.

"Right now, I'm scheduling truckloads of food to go as far as we go safely," explained Shayla Livingston.

Livingston added, it's the help from dozens of businesses that is making the difference.

"We're getting a lot of support for Hurricane Matthew relief. Kroger brought us a truckload of food yesterday - about 48 pallets. Food Lion has been giving, I got a call from Jiffy Lube, they want to do a food drive," Livingston said.

According to a Kroger spokesperson, over $52,000 worth of food was donated to the Horry County branch of the Lowcountry Food Bank. Multiple trucks were filled with food including soups, canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal and more. Kroger is also asking customers to participate in the company's "Round Up" program, where customers round up their purchases to the nearest dollar or make a cash donation when they visit their local Kroger.

Livingston says just as quick as the donations come in, they are going out. The Missions Department at Buck Street Baptist Church in Longs made a delivered food to people in that area affected by the flood.

Other businesses like Food Lion and Rite Aid have stepped up to donate. Bi-Lo stores are distributing ice in some of the hardest hit areas.

"They're sending 40,000 pounds of ice, to each affected area, which is about a truckload. And they are sending those out to the areas that are hardest hit, due to the fact a lot of them do not have power. And that was the biggest need and request at the time," said Myrtle Beach Bi-Lo Store Manager Darell Jones.

Also to help with relief for the both coastal and inland residents of Horry and Georgetown counties, a disaster recovery initiated by the Area Recovery Cooperative, Inc. (ARC) is accepting donations. The funds collected for the "Helping The Grand Strand" disaster recovery fund will be used for human services that are unmet, enabling the residents of the area to recover.

Brad Dean, President and CEO, of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce says ARC was established after Hurricane Hugo in 1989 to allow individuals and businesses to help those in need. Recognizing the need to initiate recovery efforts in the local community, the ARC opened the disaster recovery fund. The fund is administered by the Waccamaw Community Foundation (WCF), an organization established in 1999 to assist with charitable donations. Dean said money raised for the fund does not go directly to individuals, but to local nonprofit agencies providing specific human-relief needs for local citizens.

"We recognized we needed a local fund for local people and this is the first time that fund has been used locally," said Brad Dean.

For more information on how to donate go the helpthegrandstrand website.

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