As I write this, it is Monday morning, October 17, and we are no longer wondering what Hurricane Matthew is going to do. It came and went and what it left behind in many locations is heartbreaking.
In Nichols and surrounding areas, in Socastee and Bucksport, and in too many places to name, homes and businesses are still flooded and people are tolerating it all the best that they can.
It’s hard to imagine all of that when the power is on at your house, your yard has been cleaned of debris and you’re not going out far enough to see the major damage caused by the winds of the storm and the overflowing rivers and swamps.
But it is the people who are suffering that really matter, and as always when others are in trouble or in need of help, the helpers are doing all they can to make life a little easier.
Many organizations who are providing assistance need your help.
According to information on its website, the Lowcountry Food Bank is a non-profit clearinghouse for donated food products that are distributed to a network of nearly 300 member feeding agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The organization has locations in Yamassee and Charleston, and on Broadway in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach location can be reached at 843-448-0341.
If you have seen many news reports on the storm, you probably have seen the Red Cross and Salvation Army vehicles providing services to those affected. For information on how to donate to these agencies, you can call the Horry County Salvation Army in Conway at 843-488-2769 and the local Red Cross at 843-477-0020.
Help 4 Kids is a volunteer organization that provides food, clothing and other assistance to children in need every day and is now in dire need of some items. According to its Facebook page, its vans have not been able to get to many of the kids because of all of the damage to the roads. It is located on Forestbrook Road and can be reached at 843-651-4310. Those are just a few of the many places you can help provide assistance to storm victims. All of them have webpages, but I have included the phone numbers here because, although those of us who use computers and social media don’t often think about it, many people still do not.
I know that because I often receive phone calls from readers who are not using computers, and I appreciate those calls and try to always remember that you are out there.
Finally, I have to say that our utility workers, police officers and emergency responders have been phenomenal throughout these last few days, and I expect they will continue. Thank you all for being there and for caring about the people you serve. What would we do without you?
Peggy Mishoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 365-3885.