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Church holds free mattress giveaway for storm damage victims in Nichols

Impact Ministries, a non-profit organization based out of Myrtle Beach, gave out 197 free mattresses to people in the community of Nichols at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. (Source: WMBF News) Impact Ministries, a non-profit organization based out of Myrtle Beach, gave out 197 free mattresses to people in the community of Nichols at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. (Source: WMBF News)

NICHOLS, SC (WMBF) - Impact Ministries, a non-profit organization based out of Myrtle Beach, gave out 197 free mattresses to people in the community of Nichols at the First Baptist Church on Main Street.

The purpose was to help relieve some of the financial strain people in the town have undergone since the sever damage from the 2014 flooding and Hurricane Matthew.

Impact Ministries partnered with Good360, a non-profit organization based out of Washington D.C., and was able to receive $400,000 worth of mattresses donated by Tempur Pedic.

Members of the community could sign up for a mattress through Impact Ministries who then screened each applicant and gave mattresses to those who needed them most.

A leader of Impact Ministries, Todd Wood, said there were more people in need of mattresses than there were mattresses themselves.

"[Nichols] is a family that lost everything when a flood came in and they have absolutely nothing left, and they seemed to feel like they'd been forgotten. We're able to come in here on a Saturday and bring them hope again of the new mattresses," said Todd Wood.

Bonnie and Jimmy Little are a married couple who have been living in Nichols for 52 years.

Bonnie said in her whole time in Nichols, she has never experienced a disaster like Hurricane Matthew.

The storm destroyed their house and yard, and they have just begun to put in new flooring and repair the walls.

But Saturday, Bonnie and Jimmy were able to add a new mattress to their home.

"It's so amazing how they will do in times like this, they'll come out and support and we've got the signs up that say 'Nichols Strong' and we're going to come back," said Bonnie.

Bonnie said she and her husband left the church that day with an added feeling of hope, and this is exactly what Wood said had hoped for.

"This is a family that lost everything when a flood came in and they have absolutely nothing left, and they seemed to feel like they'd been forgotten. We're able to come in here on a Saturday and bring them hope again of the new mattresses," said Wood.

Wood was sure to emphasize the importance of each individual member in the community during the event.

"It's a joy to be able to see families who are hurting and to be able to meet that need and put an arm around them and tell them that it's going to be okay," Wood said.

To donate to Impact Ministries with the purpose of helping disaster relief, click here.

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