American Red Cross works non-stop to help flood victims

American Red Cross works non-stop to help flood victims
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The American Red Cross has been working non stop since Governor Haley declared a state of emergency.

Since then distribution sites have been set up all across the state and here in the Lowcountry.

Wednesday teams of volunteers were handing out cleaning supplies, food, and more trying to help these flooding victims get back on their feet to recovery.

A distribution site at Morris Street Baptist Church saw over 100 people turn out over the course of a few days.

The Pastor there says it's the least they can do to try and help some of these families.

"It's very rewarding to see the joy on their faces and to recognize that we're helping someone who otherwise wouldn't have this opportunity," said Pastor Leonard Griffin.

In order to get those supplies to the victims though, it starts in North Charleston.

The local American Red Cross chapter on City Hall Lane has been the hub for all of the supplies.

Stacks of water, rakes, cleaning supplies and more are packed into trucks daily and brought to different areas of the Lowcountry.

"Everyone has been wonderful," said Jennifer Heisler, with the American Red Cross of South Carolina. "While it's very upsetting for them, at the same time they're starting to get home. They're starting to move on and recover. That's always a nice thing to be able to see."

The Bledsoe's are one of the many families trying to move on.

Their home in Bridge Pointe in the Shadowmoss neighborhood of West Ashley is completely damaged.

This is the same area that was affected by flooding at the end of August.

"I was shocked," said John Bledsoe. "It's a real shock now. We lost everything we have."

While they say furniture and other things can be replaced, they are thankful for one very important thing.

"Our lives are safe, thank the Lord," said Gladys Bledose. "We are doing the best that we can right now. It's hard."

"Whether it takes us a week, whether it takes us three weeks to help the community and families recover, we're going to be here," Heisler said.

The Red Cross will be distributing more supplies all this week.

Those sites are updated everyday and can be found on their website.

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