This variation of the Biblical verse invokes the question of whether it is an indication of charity or greed. Most people receiving what you are willing to give are grateful, so if you get satisfaction from receiving, it’s a win-win situation.
The number of nonprofit organizations and thrift stores that accept donations are plentiful along the Grand Strand. The 2016 Point-in- Time Report from the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless states that Horry County is among the five counties (Greenville, Richland, Charleston, Spartanburg) in South Carolina that represent 63 percent of the homeless in the state. Kyle Jenkins, programs administrator for Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization, says it’s difficult to get accurate numbers, but at any given time 1,000-1,500 people are homeless in Horry County.
The following organizations are a sampling of agencies that provide assistance in various ways directly to those in need. Their websites explain in what capacities they serve and the numbers they serve.
Associated Charities Inc. not only provides needed items to those in need, but operates a thrift store open to the public.
Associated Charities Inc., 742 8 th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, 448-6321, Facebook link
Donation hours | 9-11:45 a.m., Mon.-Fri. Current needs | men’s clothing, blankets, jackets and other winter-weather items.
Thrift store hours | 9-11:15 a.m. Thursdays
Associated Charities Inc. is the granddaddy of charities in Myrtle Beach, having celebrated its 65th anniversary. Dozens of people line up one Tuesday morning to enter the facility where they can choose for free a limited amount of items them want. “The customers love us because we treat them nicely,” says Cathy Smith, secretary of the organization. No one gets paid. Everyone, even Jackie Freeman, president, is a volunteer. “I do it because I like helping people,” she says. The thrift shop includes clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances, books, knickknacks and more. “You name it, we get it,” says Mary Catherine Hardee, a volunteer for 33 years.
New Directions of Horry County, 732 8 th Ave. N, MB, 945-4902, www.helpnewdirections.org, Donation hours | 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
New Directions accepts all donations and distributes them as they are needed. Kathy Jenkins, executive director, says the four shelters the agency runs always need paper products, including toilet paper, paper towels and diapers. “Two hundred people a night go through a lot of toilet paper,” she says. Besides, “We are always in need of bath towels,” she adds. They wash about 75 loads of laundry each day, so laundry soap is in great demand. Toothpaste and children’s toothbrushes, underwear and socks and cleaning supplies are other items the agency can use. “These are always tops on our list,” she says.
In 2016, New Directions provided shelter and meals to 1,250 people in Myrtle Beach, including 78 families. It offered 67,440 “bed nights” and served 55,000 meals. “It’s pretty big here,” she says.
North Strand Housing Shelter, 2335 S.C. 9 West, Longs, 756-9488, email@example.com, www.northstrandhousingshelter.org
Donation hours | Call for information
Dana Black, founder and president of North Strand Housing Shelter, says their greatest need is household goods. The Shelter assists people to transition from dependent to independent living, so dishes, silverware, small appliances and linens are in demand.
Samaritan House, 421 Smith St., Conway, under the auspices of Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 248-2265, www.cherryhillconway.org,
Donation hours | 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Samaritan House provides food and clothing for those in need. Its specific needs are 20-gallon plastic bins, laundry products and industrial cleaning products.
Sea Haven Inc. Emergency Shelter for those 13-17 at 280 S.C. 57 South, Little River. Transitional Living Program for those 16-22 at 307A, S.C. 15, Myrtle Beach. Street Outreach Project Lighthouse Drop-in Center for those 16-22, 305C, S.C. 15, Hewitt Plaza, Myrtle Beach.
Contact Christina Jackson, executive director, 399-4045, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sarah Brown, office manager, 399-3125, email@example.com; Andy Whipple, Project Lighthouse program manager, 626-1446, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.seahaveninc.com, Donation hours | Call the specific facility
Jackson says Sea Haven accepts teen appropriate clothing, toiletries, new underwear and socks and household items. She recommends people check the website for specific details.
“We take just about anything and everything,” adds a Sea Haven representative. “Nonperishable food, clothing, gift cards for kids to movies, McDonald’s and other special things for them.”
Donate for Re-Sale
These thrift stores accept usable items for resale and use funds to benefit a nonprofit agency or fund. Most do not accept television sets, computers, printers, mattresses or sofa beds. Most have pick-up service.
Palmetto Goodwill Retail Stores, 2164 Oakheart Road, Carolina Forest, 790-9469
2913 Church Street, Conway, 369-0007
1520 Highmarket St., Georgetown, 527-3022
2321 S.C. 9, Little River, 790-8671
3655 Old Kings Hwy., Murrells Inlet, 652-0001 3336 U.S. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, 663-1633
127 Loyola Drive, Surfside Beach, 650-0163
Donation hours | generally Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10-7; call specific store for exact hours; drop boxes are outside for after-hours donations
Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Thrift Store, 10001 Beach Dr., Calabash, N.C., 910-579- 7488, www.bsrincthrift.org, Donation hours | 10
a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; free pick-up
This thrift store benefits Brunswick Family Resources, Inc. in Brunswick County, N.C., which operates the Meals on Wheels program and 10 senior centers in the county. Its mission is to provide services and programs to those over 60 in Brunswick County. The thrift store is specifically looking to have winter clothing donated. “Long-sleeved blouses and shirts for winter and any winter clothing, but we take almost anything,” says Mike McGurn, thrift store operations manager.
The store does not accept blinds or window treatments but takes re-sellable furniture.
Family Thrift, Twin Creek Plaza, 4600 Main St., Shallotte, N.C., 910-754- 7322, www.brunswickfamily.org/thrift-store
Donation hours | Tues., Thurs., Sat., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; free pick-up for furniture
Family Thrift benefits Brunswick Family Assistance, a nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance for food, rent, utilities and prescriptions. The thrift store accepts lightly used items that are usable.
Salvation Army Family Store, 1029 3 rd Ave., Conway, 488-2769 ext. 1011,
9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.; 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat., free pick-up
4145 Main St., Loris, 488-2769×1010, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat., free pick-up
400 Main St., North Myrtle Beach, 488-2769×1013, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.- Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., free pick-up
803 U.S. 17 Business S, Surfside Beach, 488-2769×1012, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., free pick-up
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County Restore, 165 Co Op Road, (across from Socastee Library), Myrtle Beach, 650-8815, www.habitatmb.org, Donation hours |9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; free pick-up
“We take left-over construction items, carpets, flooring, linens and especially beds and mattresses,” says a store representative.
Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County Restore, 1145 N. Fraser St., Winyah Village Shopping Center, Georgetown, 545-5868,
email@example.com, Donation hours | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sat.
Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 6560 Beach Drive,
Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., 910-579- 8346, www.brunswickcountyhabitat.org/restore.html, Donation hours | 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Mon.-Sat.; free pick-up
“We can always use workable appliances, building supplies and household goods,” says a store representative.
Paying it Forward, formerly Donation Station Thrift Store, 2761 U.S.
17 South, Garden City, 651-7096, Donation hours | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.- Sat.; noon-5 p.m., Sun.
Margaret McComas, owner of the store, says profits go to the Colleen Sargent Scholarship fund for young women graduating from Socastee High School. Sargent died in an auto accident several years ago. “We are in desperate need of men’s clothing and men’s shoes,” McComas says. At the same time, “We take it all, including tvs and computers. We take everything. We don’t turn anything down.”
Sheltered Treasures Thrift Store, 10045 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.,
910-575- 7332, 6885 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., 910-575- 3506,
Donation hours | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat., free pick- up for furniture
Profits from Sheltered Treasures benefit Providence Home, the only emergency teen shelter in Brunswick County. A representative says the stores take most items except for electronics, window blinds, VHS tapes and ceiling fans. “We take curtains, sheets, decorative pillows, cds, and just about everything,” she says.
CIS Thrift Shop, 1780 Chandlers Lane, Sunset Beach, N.C. (Behind
Food Lion), 910-579- 2300, www.cisbrunswick.org/cis-thrift- shops,
Donation hours | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
CIS Thrift Shop benefits Communities in Schools of Brunswick County
Inc., which provides programs so students stay in school.
Hope Chest Thrift Store, 2205 Holden Beach Road, Holden Beach, N.C.,
910-842- 6950, https://hopeharborhome.org/hope-chest- thrift-stores,
Donation hours | 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; free pick-up
Profits benefit Hope Harbor Home, the agency in Brunswick County,
N.C. that assists victims of domestic violence and their children.
“Any donations are greatly appreciated,” says a Hope Chest
representative. “We can really use quality furniture.”