COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, Feb. 17– The American Red Cross is continuing its ongoing efforts to help those without power since Winter Storm Pax struck the state last week.
As power returns the need for shelters is decreasing, the shelter located at Cornerstone Community Church located at 1481 Chestnut Street in Orangeburg will close today. The St. Stephen Elementary School shelter will also close today and transition to Russell Hill Christian Church located at 1681 Hwy 35.
Red Cross and Partners will provide meals this evening at 4:30 at the following locations in Dorchester and Berkeley counties:
• Vance Family and Friends Center, 608 Camden Road, Vance, SC
• Russell Hill Christian Church, 1681 Highway 35, St. Stephen, SC
• Cross High School, 1293 Old Hwy 6, Cross, SC
Red Cross and its partners will provide meals today at 5 p.m. in Georgetown at the following locations:
• Ringle Heights Baptist Church, 78 Ruben Ave., Georgetown
• Northeast Regional Recreation Center, 8189 Choppee Road, Georgetown
• Sandpit Park, 495 Powell Road, Georgetown
The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, and comfort items. It's also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.
To find a shelter near you download the free shelter app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps or on iTunes. The app is updated every 30 minutes when a shelter is open. People can also visit http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter
The Red Cross has provided more than 10,000 meals and snacks since Thursday to those affected by the winter storm in the Palmetto SC Region. In addition, we have opened up to 26 shelters, with more than 800 overnight stays.
HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms or countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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.