How to help those displaced by the fire at Windsor Green

From staff reportsMarch 17, 2013 

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Fundraisers and outreach were under way before firefighters declared the blaze under control. We’ll be adding to this roundup as more information comes in to sneditors@thesunnews.com.

Events

•  Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club | All-day racing events Friday and Saturday, Myrtle Beach Speedway, off U.S. 501. Rotary Club members volunteering in main concession stand will donate all proceeds, tips and donations. Service Chair and veterinarian Kevin Kristick also is collecting donations, for pets and people, at Carolina Forest Veterinary Hospital, 209 Ronnie Court, Myrtle Beach. More volunteers needed for the speedway event, especially those with cooking experience to work the grill in the concession stand. Call Kristick, 843-236-7383.

•  The Island Bar and Grill | Saturday, 5 p.m. 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Pasta dinner, dine in or take out, $7 a plate. Live music by Matt Parker, 5-7 p.m. Any bands that want to donate time, call the bar, 650-3157. This will be a nonsmoking event; also collecting clothing, toiletries and other items.

•  Beef O’Brady’s | Saturday and Sunday, 8-11 a.m., 3689 Renee Drive, Myrtle Beach. Pancake breakfast, $10 per plate. All proceeds benefit the victims.

•  Myrtle Beach Speedway | Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is donating all the concession proceeds they earn during the race to fire victims.

•  National BETA Club, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology | March 26, 6 p.m. chicken bog dinner, $6; 7 p.m. talent show, $5 adults/$3 for kids. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. AAST’s Academy for Christ also is sponsoring a community toiletry and blanket drive; students and staff will take items to the PLEX. Teachers are paying to participate in Jeans Day, with all proceeds being donated to the Red Cross.

•  Boston Pizza Plus | March 27, dinner hours, 2005 Oak Heart Drive, Myrtle Beach. $10 lasagna or spaghetti dinner; 50 percent of the proceeds goes to the victims.

•  Beef O’Brady’s | March 28, 5-8 p.m. 3689 Renee Drive, Myrtle Beach. Carolina Forest Elementary School is hosting a fundraiser for the victims.

Lodging/pets

•  Sonesta ES Suites | Offers a discount on weekly and monthly rates to fire victims and will waive pet fees. The hotel is next to Medieval Times off U.S. 501.

•  Quality Inn near Coastal Carolina University | Offers discounted rates and has waived its pet fee for any fire victims with animals, 2376 U.S. 501, Conway.

•  VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital | 4808 U.S. 501 in Carolina Forest has free boarding for pets of those affected by the fire. Call 843-903-1900.

Donations/aid information

•  Carolina Forest Family Eyecare | Will replace glasses lost in the fire free of charge. Dr. Thomas J. Weshefsky will donate time for examination if needed or honor a current eyeglass prescription for a frame and single vision frame for free. Proof of residency is required. Call 903-6262 for more information.

•  HTC | Customers who have lost their homes due to the fire can contact a customer service representative, 843-365-2154, to help those who need to disconnect billing and will not charge for installation of new service at temporary residences. HTC will also arrange temporary email accounts for those that had broadband so customers can keep their email accounts active and stay in touch with family and businesses. HTC crews were on site Monday to rebuild facilities, and all services have been restored. Special procedures: installation fees of services at temporary/new locations will be waived for customers; broadband email accounts will not be disconnected and remain temporarily active; fees for temporary email accounts will be waived. A charging station is available at the Plex, temporary housing for Windsor Green residents. Closest HTC branches: Towne Center, Coastal Grand Mall, 38th Avenue North and U.S. 501 (across from Horry Georgetown Technical College).

•  Horry County Schools | Anyone willing to donate can do so at any Conway National Bank location, with checks made payable to Horry County Disaster Relief Fund-Carolina Forest. Donations will go to a general fund, or they will be applied specifically to the needs of Horry County Schools students and staff members if indicated by the donor.

•  American Red Cross | Red Cross encourages all residents affected by the fire to seek assistance. Red Cross workers will be providing one-on-one assistance from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Thursday at its shelter at Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach. If residents are not able to come to the shelter, please call the Red Cross at 843-477-0020 for assistance. To donate to the Red Cross’ efforts, go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or donations may be mailed to the American Red Cross, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach 29577. To donate noncash items, contact partner agencies Goodwill and The Salvation Army, or other local nonprofit organizations. On average, the Red Cross, Palmetto S.C. Region, responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto S.C. Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35 counties, and since the beginning of its fiscal year, it has responded to 1,119 disasters, helping 3,805 adults and children that were affected by disasters.

•  The Salvation Army of Horry County | Coordinating with American Red Cross, Goodwill, United Way and other agencies. Michele Borbely, case worker for Salvation Army, is seeing displaced families at the X- Sports Center across from Beach Church on Fantasy Harbor in Myrtle Beach. With the Red Cross and Goodwill meeting immediate needs of shelter, food and clothing, Salvation Army will be offering financial assistance for help with relocation. After people are served by the Red Cross at Beach Church, they go to X Sports Center for clothing and other items from Goodwill, then meet with Salvation Army on permanent housing. To help families relocate to permanent housing, monetary donations can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 500, Conway 29528. For credit card donations, call Salvation Army, 843-488-2769, Ext. 27. Food and clothing items can be taken to X Sports Center, 568 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach 29579, 843-236-0009. The Salvation Army will take all donated items received for fire victims to the X Sports Center. Call Bret McElroy, 843-488-2769.

•  Associated Charities | Free clothes giveaway, Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, 742 Lumber St., Myrtle Beach, for those displaced by the fire; also some personal items and household items. Call 448-6321.

•  Carolina Forest Elementary School | Donations via the school’s web page. Go to the Horry County Schools website, www.horrycountyschools.net; select Our Schools from the navigation bar; select the school’s name from under Elementary Schools. A button on the right of the school’s page will allow a donation to be made.

•  First Federal | Opened the Windsor Green Fire Relief Fund with $2,500 to support ongoing American Red Cross efforts. Contributions can be made by visiting any local First Federal Financial Center, including the 7-day-a-week centers in select Wal-Mart locations. First Federal operates 66 offices in coastal South and North Carolina, with 14 located in Horry County. A locations list can be found at www.firstfederal.com.

•  Elite Ink Tattoos | 702 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach; accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call Michael McDonald, 843-448-4708 or 843-421-5350.

•  Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® Community Outreach Committee | Collecting nonperishable food items; toiletries for adults, children and infants; pet food and cat litter. Items may be brought to the group’s office, 951 Shine Ave., Myrtle Beach, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 843-626-3638. The group is recommending that property managers contact the American Red Cross directly if there is housing available on a temporary or permanent basis. Those who have been displaced by the fire, please call the Red Cross at 477-0020, and they will be able to assist you.

•  North Myrtle Beach Christian School | Holding a food/clothing/toiletry drive. The school is at 9535 S.C. 90, across from Wampee Baptist Church, in Longs; 843-399-7181.

•  Verizon Wireless/Goodwill | Collecting nonperishable food items, personal hygiene supplies and clothing that can be dropped off at the Verizon store, 551 Seaboard St. According to Goodwill, the displaced families are in greatest need of new, unused undergarments, including socks, underwear and bras. Verizon will have a charging station available to allow the fire victims to charge their phones, use the Internet or make phone calls. Goodwill will manage distribution of all collected items to the victims in need.

•  Benchmark Management | Accepting monetary donations and clothes. Checks must be made out to the American Red Cross: Disaster Relief. Donations will be delivered to the Red Cross so they can be dispersed to the fire victims. Cash donations must be delivered to the American Red Cross, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach. Benchmark Management locations: 414 Main St., North Myrtle Beach 29582; 11943 Grand Haven Drive, Suite C, Murrells Inlet 29576; 1780-1 Chandlers Lane, Sunset Beach, NC 28468.

•  Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success | Will deliver items to families in need. Email palmettoacademy.com or call 843-839-1725.

•  Myrtle Beach Ink | 704 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach; accepting donations of clothing, pet food, personal hygiene items and other items.

•  Carolina Forest B-team softball player | An individual website has been set up for donations to help an athlete from the team who lost her home. The seventh-grader, who attends Ocean Bay Middle School, lost her cat in the fire, and teammates hope to help fund a new pet, replace softball equipment and other needed items. Go to http://www.gofundme.com/2bta2k.

•  Mercy Care | Is collecting donated toiletries and personal care items, like shampoo, soap and deodorant. Boxes will be set up in the reception area at 8216 Devon Court in Myrtle Beach. Items can be dropped off weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by March 29.

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