Hurricane Florence Relief: How to Help
Though Hurricane Florence largely spared the beaches along the Grand Strand from damage, the storm dumped trillions of gallons of water across the Carolinas sending unprecedented floodwater to surrounding communities.
Conway, Socastee and Longs — all within a few miles of Myrtle Beach — were all hard hit by the flooding. Many homes were damaged or destroyed with thousands of residents displaced.
Local organizations are dedicated to helping those affected by flooding recover. If you’d like to help, please contact one of these groups:
One SC Fund
The One SC Fund provides grants to fund recovery-assistance programs in hard-hit areas. Since November 2014, the fund has distributed more than $3 million to nonprofits for disaster relief across the state. Donations are being accepted now to fund recovery from Hurricane Florence, and nonprofits can also apply for grants on the One SC Fund website.
Downtown Myrtle Beach Strong (Downtown Redevelopment Corporation)
Many businesses in the downtown area are donating a percentage of their profits to the Waccamaw Community Foundation to help local hurricane victims. Shop, dine, and enjoy the downtown area while helping the community from Sept. 27-30. Visit the DRC Facebook page for an updated list of participating businesses.
Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
Waccamaw VOAD coordinates efforts of a variety of disaster-relief organizations, including religious groups, the American Red Cross, United Way and the Salvation Army, to help residents prepare for and recover after a natural disaster. Their website accepts monetary donations and volunteer signups.
Carolina Strong T-Shirts
The United Way of Horry County, Coastal Carolina University, Fanatics and the Waccamaw Community Foundation are selling #CarolinaStrong t-shirts with 100% proceeds benefiting the local Waccamaw VOAD. They are available in crew cut or v-neck.
Crew cut: https://www.fanatics.com/college/coastal-carolina-chanticleers/coastal-carolina-chanticleers-fanatics-branded-carolina-strong-t-shirt-heather-gray/o-16+t-12155758+p-58795452223+z-8-2655761239
Support Local Businesses
One of the best ways you can help the Grand Strand recover is to support local businesses. Hotels, restaurants, attractions and other tourism-related businesses employ a majority of the residents of Horry County. We depend on our visitors to keep our community thriving. Please consider a fall getaway to the beach!