Horry County Notebook | Helping those in need this holiday season

Horry County is helping those less fortunate this holiday season.

The county government is taking part in the 2012 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots and Operation Rudolph programs, according to a press release.

There are several places across the county where drop boxes are located.

They are: Horry County Emergency Management, 2560 Main St. in Conway; Fleet Services, 4457 Privetts Drive in Conway; South Strand Auditor’s Building, 9630 Scipio Lane in Myrtle Beach; L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road in Conway; Olin Blanton Auditor’s Building, 1201 21st Ave. in Myrtle Beach; Myrtle Beach International Airport, 1100 Jetport Road in Myrtle Beach; North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy. 57 South in Little River; and the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Ave. in Conway.

Kelly Brosky, with the Horry County Public Information Office, said there’s no specific toy being sought. All that’s asked is that they’re new and unwrapped.

In addition, the county is also accepting donations for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Operation Rudolph program, which collects small items such as hygiene products, stationary, writing utensils, greeting cards and hard candy to make care packages to send to military branches overseas. These items may be placed in any one of the drop boxes until Dec. 14.

Horry County will be collecting toys until Dec.19.

Residents are asked to note that the county is not a distribution point and cannot take requests for toys. Requests should be directed to Help for Kids at (843) 651-4310.

Library system changing return dates

The Horry County Memorial Library system is revising its dates for when certain materials have to be returned once they’re checked out.

Beginning Jan. 2, most materials must be returned after 21 days, which is a week earlier than the previous deadline.

County officials say this will allow more materials to be used by more patrons in a timelier manner.

Here are the library materials and their deadline dates to return after they’ve been checked out: new books, 14 days; DVDs, seven days; audio books and music CDs, 21 days; all other books, 21 days.

This will apply to Horry County’s 10 area libraries, which has a collection of more than 389,623 items. During the last year, the library system circulated 939,393 items and more than 12,290 library cards have been issued.

For more information, visit www.hcml.org or contact your local library branch.