Charleston Cares to provide aid for Sandy victims

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
  • Band-aids
  • 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:

North Charleston:

Charleston County's Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building

4045 Bridge View Drive

North Charleston, SC 29405

Mount Pleasant:

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:

Station 1

4286 N Hwy 17

Awendaw, S.C. 29429

Station 5

1189 Iron Bridge Road

Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466

Station 2

6384 Maxville Road

Awendaw, S.C. 29429

Station 4

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, 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.

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