HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Jayden Morrison, the four-year-old with autism who went missing and then was found dead in the Little River area around Christmas 2014, left a mark on the Horry County community. Now, the founder of his namesake organization, The Jayden Morrison Project, is hoping that same community will step up to support a family in need after Hurricane Matthew.
The Jayden Morrison Project is hosting a bake sale Sunday at noon at Jimmyz Hibachi in Surfside Beach to benefit Connie Parrish and her family.
Even though the flooding from the Intracoastal Waterway happened nearly two months ago, rooms of Parrish's house on Recreation Road still look as if it just receded.
"Everything is gone," said Connie Parish. "Every piece of clothing, every toothbrush, every bit of medicine, every bit of food."
She can't do the work herself, and although her husband has done some, it's tough on him, too.
"We're older. We're disabled," Parish said. "It's hard to start over when you're older. It's not like you're older and you're working. You can go out and work and make money."
She doesn't have flood insurance and has $9,000 from FEMA so far to go toward house repairs and replacing possessions.
"The contractor said that's a joke," she said. "He would not even touch my house for that."
She said she has received $750 a month for two months of rental assistance from FEMA, but she said she couldn't find anywhere to stay for that price.
"We have this land and we can't afford rent on the money we draw monthly," she said. "Rent is so much here in Myrtle Beach."
She tried paying people $56 an hour to carry out damaged belongings, but she said it was too expensive to sustain.
"We don't draw much money monthly," she said. "We did have savings years ago but we have used that for medical and things that have happened."
A volunteer group she found at a church who told her they were from Florida offered to gut the house for free by Nov. 19 and had her sign a contract. She said they never showed back up.
"We were waiting and believed that that was going to happen, but it didn't," she said.
Now, Parrish's house continues to sit without being fully gutted. Mold appears to be growing. She doesn't know where to turn for help.
"We don't have any money," she said. "We don't have any resources. We don't have hardly anything left to be able to do anything with."
Parrish took to Facebook with her story and the founder of The Jayden Morrison Project, DeAnna Douglas-Jackson, saw it.
She decided to host a bake sale to benefit Parrish at Jimmyz Hibachi on 17 Business in Surfside Beach Sunday, Dec. 11, at noon.
"My heart just breaks for her because as a society, we should come together and help each other and I just felt like that's what God wanted me to do was help her," said Douglas-Jackson.
The Jayden Morrison Project holds a fundraiser each December for a local family in need and Parrish's grandson, who she takes care of and who has also been displaced by the flooding, has special needs. All proceeds will go to Parrish's family.
"I know that people struggle, and I have a big heart. And I guess my mom gave me a big heart and I like to share," Douglas-Jackson said.
"It's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard of," Parrish said. "I just don't know what to think about it. I'm just really amazed."
If anyone wants to help Parrish directly, reach out to WMBF News Reporter Amy Lipman at email@example.com, in order to be put into contact with her.