Editorial

Editorial | A Good Chance to Give Back

November 15, 2012 

The mercury is dropping, the nights are getting longer and it’s that time of the year when many of us long to spend the cold days curled up in a warm house with a good book and a mug of something hot.

For many in our area, that’s simply not an option.

We’re coming to the end of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, when organizations that serve local at-risk populations seek to re-energize an often jaded populace concerned with its own problems and emphasize again the need for helping others.

That need has certainly not diminished. If anything, it has increased in recent years as a horrible economy has pulled the carpet out from under people who had been on the edge, tumbling them into homelessness and hunger.

The past few years have put many local charities in the middle of a stressful tug-of-war. They’re fielding more requests from those in need, while at the same time their regular donors are cutting back. (In some cases, those donors are now requesting aid themselves.) In short, the need is greater, the resources are smaller.

This week is a good reminder for those of us who can still afford to give. Many hard-working volunteers and agencies can use our help, whether it’s in the form of a check, a few hours of free help or donations of food, blankets or clothing. If you can give, please do.

Where to help

There are many agencies throughout the Grand Strand that serve those in need. The following list is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely a good starting point for those who wish to help (or those looking for help). Many churches have their own ministries and other groups also provide much-needed services. Any help is appreciated, and gifts of money, products or volunteer time anywhere are a wonderful way to give back as we enter the holiday season. If you’re not sure where to start, the United Way is always a good place:

United Way of Horry County

761 Century Circle, Conway, SC 29526

843-347-5195

www.unitedwayhcsc.org

Georgetown County United Way

515 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440

843-546-6317

Email info@gcuw.org

www.gcuw.org

Food assistance

Churches Assisting People (CAP)

206 Main St.

Conway, SC 29526

843-488-2277

Email capconway@sccoast.net

www.capconway.org

Lowcountry Food Bank (serves Horry and Georgetown counties)

2864 Azalea Drive

Charleston, SC 29405

Contact food solicitor Amy Kosar at 843-747-8146, ext. 108.

www.lowcountryfoodbank.org

Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach

1411 Mr. Joe White Avenue

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-444-9383

E-mail communitykitchenofmb@gmail.com

www.community-kitchen-of-myrtle-beach.com

Help4Kids, Backpack Buddies

12053B U.S. 17 Bypass S.

Murrells Inlet SC 29576

843-651-4310

www.backpackbuddiessc.com

Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach

1411 Mr. Joe White Ave.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-448-8451

www.helpinghandofmyrtlebeach.com

North Strand Helping Hand

2501 Long Bay Road

Longs, SC 29568

843-399-0862

Email agency@hhns.org

www.northstrandhelpinghand.org

Coastal Rescue Mission

P.O. Box 8386

Myrtle Beach SC 29578

843-448-1352

www.coastalrescuemission.org

Housing assistance

North Strand Housing Shelter

P.O. Box 529

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

843-756-9488

Email nshshelter@gmail.com

www.northstrandhousingshelter.org

Street Reach

1005 Osceola St.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-626-3643

Email helpstreetreach@gmail.com

www.helpstreetreach.com

Myrtle Beach Haven

975 Campbell St.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-626-2427

www.myrtlebeachhaven.com

Center for Women and Children

PO Box 70217

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-457-8738 or 843-918-1556

Email danacwc@yahoo.com

www.centerforwomenandchildren.org

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