Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Flooding in South Carolina: How You Can Help, Part 2

Last week, we posted about the once-in-a-thousand-years rainstorm that hit parts of the east coast, causing a lot of damage, especially in South Carolina, where the cities of Charleston and Columbia shattered previous records for rainfall totals.

As we mentioned in that post, two Girl Scout councils serve the majority of the Girl Scouts in South Carolina. Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands highlighted how people could help its 4,700 impacted members and shared that people could show their support by using the hashtag #FloodGSSCMMwithlove on social media.

The other council, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (GSESC), announced over the weekend that SC Flood Relief, established and managed by Central Carolina Community Foundation, begins tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14, and has asked that everyone help spread the word about this effort and show their support using the hashtag #‎HandsAcrossTheWaterGSESC on social media.

GSESC has partnered with Coastal Carolina Council of Boy Scouts, Lowcountry Food Bank, and Azalea Moving & Storage to help provide relief for flood victims. To volunteer, contact stephaniewalsh@girlscoutsesc.org. To donate, bring requested supplies—water, canned goods, non-perishable food items, paper products, baby diapers, bleach, and rubber gloves—to 7951 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC, 29418. Items collected will go to areas throughout the council and can be dropped off during these times (please double check the details on GSESC’s Facebook page before making any donations, as logistics and needs may change):

Wednesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday 2–5 p.m.

In times like these, Girl Scouts often wonder how they can help. We wanted to remind everyone of some resources Girl Scouts offers that address that question—"What a Girl Can Do When Disaster Strikes” for girls and “What Girl Scout Leadership Looks Like in Times of Disaster” for adults—both of which can be found via the “Girl Scouts and Disaster Relief” page on our site.

Our thoughts continue to be with everyone affected by the flooding.