Lowcountry shows 'Charleston Cares' by donating to storm relief efforts

Lowcountry shows 'Charleston Cares' by donating to storm relief efforts

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Many hurricane victims in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are still dealing with destruction and devastation from Superstorm Sandy.

Rebuilding after a major storm is very familiar for many in Charleston Area Community.

"I got up that morning and I went down and it looked like a bomb had just hit. all my windows and doors and everything. I didn't have any power," Teddie Pryor said.

Charleston County Council Chairman Pryor remembers what it was like after Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston 23 years ago. The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy brings back those memories.

"What I want to do along with our council and citizens is send back generosity that was given to us. It's them today it could be us tomorrow," Pryor said.

Public officials from throughout the community are asking people to donate for Hurricane Sandy relief.

"We're specifically asking that people not drop off clothing. what we're looking for instead are items to help with cleanup. things like hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, band-aids. They're trying to clean up and their house has perhaps been destroyed or badly damaged by the storm," Coastal Community Foundation CEO George Stevens said.

Those who want to help can bring items to any fire department within Charleston, North Charleston, Sullivan's Island or Isle of Palms and other determined sites in the area.

They're also accepting money online through the Coastal Community Foundation. The donation drive is all to show "Charleston Cares."

"In a situation like this it's just natural that we feel like we have to give back and we have to set an example. we hope that others will join us in giving goods and financial contributions," Philanthropy Director of Blackbaud Rachel Hutchisson said.

MedOne Lowcountry has organized the delivery of the donations to the disaster areas. Needed items include:

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.


All City of Charleston Fire Departments

All City of North Charleston Fire Departments

All Sullivan's Island Fire Departments

All Isle of Palms Fire Stations

All Mt. Pleasant Fire Stations

All Area Piggly Wiggly stores

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:

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

You can also donate money through the Coastal Community Foundation at www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org/sandy.

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