CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County officials announced a program Wednesday called "Charleston Cares: Sandy Relief" and it is designed to provide aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Joe Riley, County Council Chairman, Teddy Pryor, and others will provide details for the effort to raise goods and funds from Sandy victims during a press conference at 11 a.m. at the Northbridge Piggly Wiggly on Highway 7 in West Ashley.
The cities of Charleston, North Charleston, and Isle of Palms are joining with the towns of Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, and Charleston County for the program.
Mayor Riley said, "We have been hearing from our area residents who ask what they can do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy on our northeastern coast. They remember the aid we received after Hugo and always want to give back when others are in need. Those of us here know that the time is now when supplies are going to become critical. No stores are open in areas where power is lacking and emergency supplies are running out."
Only the following donation items will be accepted:
- Non-perishable food
- Diapers, baby wipes,
- Paper towels and bathroom tissue
- Batteries and flashlights
- Bottled water and juices
- Soap and hand sanitizers
- Tools (shovels, work gloves, hand saws, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies)NOTE: As storage of clothes requires a warehouse, no clothing will be accepted.
The following is a list of sites that will accept donated supplies. We are asking that you stick to the list of items for donations. Donations will be shipped next week to the EMAC in New Jersey for distribution. The collection will end on Thursday, November 15 for the final shipment to the disaster area.
Drop-off locations for relief supplies:
All City of Charleston Fire Departments
All City of North Charleston Fire Departments
All Sullivans Island Fire Departments
All Isle of Palms Fire Stations
All Area Piggly Wiggly stores
Drop-off locations provided by Charleston County:
Charleston County's Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Charleston County's East Cooper Service Center
1189 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway, Suite 300
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Charleston County's St. Paul's Service Center
5926 Highway 165
Ravenel, SC 29470
Awendaw Fire Department Locations:
4286 N Hwy 17
Awendaw, S.C. 29429
1189 Iron Bridge Road
Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466
6384 Maxville Road
Awendaw, S.C. 29429
10009 N. Hwy 17
McClellanville, S.C. 29458
Josh Watts, CEO, MedOne Lowcountry Medical Transport, LLC. has organized the collection and delivery of the donated goods for the disaster area.
The Coastal Community Foundation has set up a fund to accept the contributions to the relief. Blackbaud generously developed a website, www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org/sandy and payment system for the fund. Donations received through this site will be used specifically for those cities and towns affected by this storm. As always, those who wish can also donate to the Red Cross.
At the press conference, Christopher Ibsen, Director of Corporate Affairs for Piggly Wiggly presented a check for $2500 to kick off the fund drive for the Coastal Community Foundation Fund.