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Red Cross and Partners Continue to Support Families Devastated by Hurricane Matthew

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
We are very grateful to our partners who share our dedication to ensuring communities are taken care of during this challenging time

NORTH CHARLETON, S.C., October 13, 2016 – A week after Hurricane Matthew hammered South Carolina, the storm’s lingering effects remain. The American Red Cross and partners continue to respond with essential food, shelter and relief supplies and there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donations.

“We are very grateful to our partners who share our dedication to ensuring communities are taken care of during this challenging time," said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. "We are all committed to being there for families as they recover from this disaster."

To date, Red Cross and community partners have:

  • Served more than 143,000 meals and snacks
  • Distributed more than 7,000 relief supplies
  • Supported more than 2,800 health and mental health services
  • Provided more than 17,000 overnight stays in 90 shelters
  • Mobilized more than 1,000 workers and 43 response vehicle

    The Red Cross and its partners have shelters across South Carolina for residents who are evacuating from the coastal areas. These shelters provide a safe, place for people to stay until they are able to safely return home. As of 6 pm, the following shelters are open:

    Charleston County: Al Cannon Detention Center 3841 Leeds Ave. North Charleston

    Beaufort County: Battery Creek HS,1 Blue Dolphin Dr., Beaufort

    Beaufort County: Hilton Head High School, 70 Wilborn Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC

    Williamsburg County: Kingstree Recreation Center, 375 Nelson Blvd., Kingstree, SC

    Horry County: Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC

    Horry County: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2105 Hwy 501 East, Conway, SC

    Florence County: Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1300 Second Loop Rd, Florence, SC

    Dillon County: Dillon Middle School, 1803 Joan Drive, Dillon, SC

    Marion County: Marion High School, 1205 South Main Street, Marion, SC

    Marion County: Palmetto Middle School, 127 Northside Avenue, Mullins, SC

    Marlboro County: Marlboro High School, 951 Fayetteville Ave, Bennettsville, SC

    For the most up-to-date information on shelters, visit


    The Red Cross and its partners will be providing hot meals free of charge at the following locations and times:

    Beaufort County: St Helena Elementary School, 1025 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC (11:30am)

    Beaufort County: 1800 Prince Street, Beaufort, SC (11:30am)

    Beaufort County: Dollar General parking lot, 3424 South O’Katie Hwy, Hardeeville, SC (11:30am)

    Berkeley County: Cross Community Center,1690 Old Hwy 6, Cross, SC (12:00pm)

    Berkeley County: 1460 Colonel Maham Drive, Pineville, SC (12:00pm)

    Berkeley County: 2173 Santee River Road, St. Stephen, SC (12:00pm)

    Dillon County: 109 E. Bamberg Road, Latta, SC (12:30pm)

    Dillon County: 205 N. Main Street, Lakeview, SC (12:30pm)

    Marion County: Palmetto Middle School, 127 Northside Avenue, Mullins, SC (12:30pm)

    Williamsburg County: Kingstree Recreation Center, 423 School Street, Kingstree, SC (TBD)

    Williamsburg County: JJ Mitchum Community Center, 2233 Hemingway Hwy, Hemingway, SC (TBD)

    Note-All times are approximate


    The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or text “RedCross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.


    The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. Since last week, Hurricane Matthew and its devastating aftermath have forced the cancellation of approximately 100 blood drives in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, resulting in more than 3,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

    We strongly encourage eligible donors unaffected by the storm to please give blood or platelets now to help ensure we have a readily available blood supply for patients in need. Appointments can be made using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

    People affected by Hurricane Matthew and needing help can contact the Red Cross at 1-800-768-8048.

    For more updates, follow the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.