MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – The Red Cross is currently on the scene providing emotional support, handing out clean up supplies and feeding residents returning to see their damaged homes for the first time since Saturday’s large fire in Carolina Forest.
The Red Cross will continue to offer individual assistance to affected residents today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Beach Church, located at 557 George Bishop Parkway. The shelter will close at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow evening. If residents are not able to come to the shelter, they can call the Red Cross at (843) 477-0020 for assistance.
Since Saturday’s fire, the Red Cross has registered 194 residents in its shelter and has provided over 1,500 meals and 3,280 snacks and drinks to residents affected by the fire and first responders. Trained Red Cross mental health workers continue providing emotional support to people affected by the fire.
You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting redcross.org/charitable-donations or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Financial donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
If you would like to donate non-cash items, the Red Cross recommends contacting their partner agencies, Goodwill and Salvation Army or contacting other local non-profit organizations in the community that accept non-cash items.
On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.
Since the beginning of its fiscal year, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to 1,200 disasters, helping 3,971 adults and children that were affected by disasters.The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org/coastalsc.