Conway, SC – The Waccamaw VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) stepped up in an amazing way to man multi-agency distributions to those impacted by the widespread flooding across Horry County, South Carolina. As impressive as the distribution effort was, the work leading up to it was even more so.
Staff and volunteers from Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Lowcountry Food Bank, United Way, Waccamaw Community Foundation and The Salvation Army collected, sorted, organized, and packed essential items to hand out to local residents in need. Recipients could drive thru a multi-station line of aid collecting resources at each stop.
The first stop was a food box containing staples such as pasta, beans, canned vegetables, and snacks. Moving down the line was bags of fresh fruit. The next station offered clean-up kits which included items such as masks, bleach, detergent, and brushes. The next stop recipient vehicles were loaded with cases of bottled water. The final step offered baby supplies and personal hygiene kits.
“The Salvation Army is proud to be a part of this community effort to minister to our neighbors,” said Major Angela Repass. She, along with her husband David, lead The Salvation Army’s work throughout Horry County, not only in times of disaster but every day of the year.
Two more distributions are scheduled
• Wednesday (10/3), 10:00 am-Noon
Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Rd, Conway
• Saturday (10/6), 10:00 am-Noon
St. Michael Catholic Church, 572 Cypress Ave, Murrells Inlet
The community has supported its neighbors with donations and their time to make the distributions possible. “We are so proud to be part of this community,” Repass said to the crowd of volunteers prior to a recent distribution.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.