The local Red Cross helped six families after the roof of their apartment building was severely damaged from heavy rain last night in Myrtle Beach. The Red Cross met the immediate emergency needs of 11 adults and one child by providing lodging, food and comfort kits with hygiene items. The Red Cross also provided referrals to partner agencies.
This month, the Coastal SC Chapter of the American Red Cross has helped over 72 local residents affected by disasters. This is triple the number of people who have needed the Red Cross’ help with disaster relief compared to this time last year.
“Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these disasters,” said Nanci Conley, executive director, American Red Cross Coastal SC Chapter. “It is through our volunteers and our financial donors that we are able to be there for our community when it needs us the most.”
On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since January 1, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of 986 families and 3,058 individuals affected by disaster. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.
You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like this by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting Redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, Coastal SC Chapter, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or by calling (843) 477-0020.
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/sc/myrtle-beach.