Mayor Riley, Charleston leaders team up with non-profit in Ebola relief effort
December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 9:00 AM
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is asking the Charleston community to lend a helping hand to one of the countries hardest hit by Ebola.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8,000 people in the country have contracted the virus, with 3,290 total deaths.
Wednesday morning, Mayor Riley led a press conference in council chambers, calling for donations, among which include 50-lb bags of rice, bottled water, and over-the-counter medicine.
Riley was joined by State representative Wendell Gilliard, along with a host of community leaders, and representatives from national non-profit, Save More Kids.
The group's founder, Q. Kamue grew up in Liberia, and says hunger is causing just as many deaths as the deadly virus.
"This is an opportunity for us in the Charleston area to directly assist," added Mayor Riley.
Donations are being accepted at the following drop-off sites: - Church of Christ (Johns Island) - City of Charleston Fire Departments - Mt. Pleasant Fire Departments - The Citadel - College of Charleston - S.C. State University