Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Flooding in South Carolina: How You Can Help

The once-in-a-thousand-years rainstorm that hit parts of the South and Mid-Atlantic region over the past week has caused a lot of damage. The storm hit South Carolina especially hard—the cities of Charleston and Columbia, in fact, set new records for 24-hour, two-day, and three-day rainfall totals. The downpour led to flash flooding that resulted in extremely dangerous situations and the tragic deaths of several people.

Repair work to vital services is underway, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers is positioned throughout the state to help with emergency response. For those who wish to contribute to relief efforts, The Red Cross of Central South Carolina and The Salvation Army are two of the organizations helping to provide shelter and much-needed supplies to those who have been affected by the storm.

How to help Girl Scouts in South Carolina

Additionally, two Girl Scout councils serve the majority of the Girl Scouts in South Carolina. Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina are still assessing the storm’s impact—sadly, more flooding is predicted on the coast over the next few days—and we’ll share this council’s update once they have determined the best way for people to help.

More than 4,700 members and their families from parts of Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands were affected by the storm, which caused severe flooding, electrical blackouts, and disruptions to water and gas services. At this time, we are not aware of any injuries to any of the girls, staff, or their families in this area.

The council currently has collection centers open at the Spartanburg and Greenville Service Centers. A distribution plan is being finalized that will deliver items to the Columbia area on Friday and as often as needed after that.

Supplies needed include:
Water bottles (individually packaged or gallons)
Canned goods and packaged snacks
New socks, blankets, pillows, clothing
Toiletries and wet wipes
Baby items and toys
Plastic containers
Paper towels
Gift cards to Target and Wal-Mart

The council also shared that you can show your support during this trying time by using the hashtag #FloodGSSCMMwithlove on social media.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the flooding.