Hurricane Matthew aftermath inspires acts of kindness

VIDEO: Hurricane Matthew aftermath inspires acts of kindness

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - West Ashley residents Stephanie Webb and Mary Gale have a special place in their heart for Edisto Island after vacationing there for many years.

"We love Edisto we call it our little slice of heaven," Gale said. "We felt like we needed to do something because we've been so fortunate we didn't have the hardships that they are having right now."

With it being one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Matthew in our state, they came together to donate items like food, water, and toiletries to families on the island.

"This is a place that's not even our home, but we feel like it's our second home and we love it," Webb said.

What started from a group text among their friends has now spread after posts on social media.

"Immediately people just posted right back, where can I drop stuff off, when can I bring it by, can I meet you somewhere all day today," Webb said.

They've had people coming by the house to drop off items and they've been around town picking things up that people have offered to donate.

Friday is the first day Edisto Island officials allowed access to all residents, but the damage is so bad parts of Palmetto Boulevard are still closed. There's also a curfew in effect, no beach access and a boil water advisory.

"This might be a little tiny thing to somebody but when they get their shampoo or their wipes or their pack of diapers then they can spend that money somewhere else to buy gas or fix their house," Webb said.  "That's the different that we can make."

Students and teachers at Jane Edwards Elementary School on Edisto had to relocate to another school because of Hurricane damage. Some of the items will assist them and their families.

Webb and Gale say many people who live on the Island work by the beach and some of them are out of work because of the destruction.

"You always tell your kids, you never know when we are going to be in that situation if that were to happen so you want to give because you never know," Gale said. "You would hope that if we were in that, someone would step up."

The Edisto Island Presbyterian Church is accepting donations Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For some people the nearest grocery store has not reopened.

Stephanie and Mary will be volunteering and taking a load of items Saturday and they're planning to make another trip. If you'd like to coordinate a time to drop off items with them to deliver you can reach Stephanie at 843-408-5483.

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