Over $21K raised during WMBF, Salvation Army telethon to benefit Matthew victims

Over $21K raised during WMBF, Salvation Army telethon to benefit Matthew victims

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - WMBF hosted a telethon with the Salvation Army to raise money for hurricane and flood victims across the region on Wednesday.

By the end of the more than three-hour telethon, over $21,000 in donations were phone in.

Major Angela Repass, director of the Horry County Salvation Army, said many flood victims have came to their offices for the first time in need of assistance.

She added she has heard first-hand how the devastation has hurt many families.

"They have lost absolutely everything, all of their clothing, all of their furniture, their walls, their floors," Repass said. "So every donation that is received is going to allow us to offer a little bit of hope."

Volunteers with the Salvation Army will be set to answer calls at a phone bank that will be set up in the WMBF News studios. The number to call will be announced throughout the Wednesday evening broadcasts.

"We can then turn around and use the resources to buy the things that people need and we'll be able to make that impact," said Repass.

Callers can call in to either donate to regional relief efforts or receive information about getting help.

"We'll have those volunteers answering those phones providing as much information as they can, referring them not only to the Salvation Army but also making sure people understand the process with FEMA," Repass said.

She added the volunteers have often worked other disasters and will understand what people are going through. Because of this experience, they will also be there to offer comfort to those who may need it.

Major Robert Lyle, a volunteer who traveled from Tennessee to help with relief efforts, has been serving hot meals and hope to those affected by weather-related events in the Socastee area.

"We offer that hope to whoever comes through," Lyle said. "We'll pray with them and listen if they want to talk."

He said as the flood waters go down in the area, the need to offer hope rises.

"What we found the first couple of days, there was a lot of depression going on, folks (saying) 'I don't know what I'm going to do,'" Lyle said. "But as they began to go through the process now, it's like 'We'll get through this.'"

The phone number to reach those on stand-by to answer questions or to take your donations is 843-848-8000.

All of the money will be kept in the region to help locals with the long recovery process, and offer hope to neighbors.

"We think that by offering hope (we know) today's today but tomorrow is a brand new day, and as a pastor I will tell you I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow," Lyle said.

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