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Red Cross and Partners Providing Meals and Shelter as Rivers Continue to Rise

Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
The American Red Cross and its partners are providing food and shelter in Dillon, Florence, Horry and Marion counties.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., October 17, 2016 – As rivers continue to rise and residents are unable to return home, the American Red Cross and its partners are providing food and shelter in Dillon, Florence, Horry and Marion counties.

FIND A SHELTER

Shelters open as of 5:30 PM, Monday, October 17:

FLORENCE COUNTY

  • St. Luke Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall), 1201 Cherokee Road, Florence, SC 29501
  • HORRY COUNTY

  • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2105 US 501, Conway, SC 29526
  • James R Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Road, Bucksport, SC 29527
  • MARION COUNTY

  • The National Guard Armory, 1018 Gilcrest Road, Mullins, SC 29574
  • GET A HOT MEAL

    Meals will be served at noon and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, at the following locations or visit one of the above shelters:

    Lake View Community Center, 205 North Main Street, Lake View, SC 29563

    Outreach Community Church, 136 Pee Dee Church Road, Dillon, SC 29536

    Since Hurricane Matthew began heading to the coast of South Carolina, Red Cross and community partners have served 248,000 meals and snacks, distributed 60,000 relief items, supported more than 3,000 health and mental health services, and provided 18,000 overnight stays in 96 shelters. The Red Cross has also mobilized 1,100 workers, 3 kitchens and more than 50 response vehicles for the state.

    VOLUNTEER

    People who would like to help their friends and neighbors can volunteer with the Red Cross. Volunteers are currently helping with sheltering, feeding, and operational support. Getting started is easy. New volunteers can visit RedCross.org/SC and click on volunteer to start their application. Red Cross volunteer training is free and open to the public. A background check will be performed on every volunteer applicant.

    MAKE A DONATION

    The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

    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 redcross.org/SC or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.