Simpsonville Mayor Janice Curtis said that after the tornado they went through several years ago, she can understand how someone could feel helpless after a natural disaster.
“But sometimes just having your basic needs met makes a lot of difference," Curtis said, "at least as far as coping with what’s going on."
That’s why the city of Simpsonville is hosting a donation drive this week, from now through Friday, 7am to 7pm.
The goal? To collect non-perishable food items – canned foods, baby food, bottled water and such – as well as unopened hygiene products like toilet paper, baby diapers, deodorant, paper towels and cleaning products. All items collected will then be donated to Florence Victims across the state, with assistance by the Horry County Fire Rescue team.
Anyone wishing to donate should drop items off at the First Baptist Church in Simpsonville, located directly across the street from the Simpsonville Fire Department, on East Curtis Street.
Mayor Curtis said donations will go to help some people who are still facing the dangers of flood waters now, well after the hurricane itself has dissipated.
“More flooding is coming, we know that, which means that a lot of people are going to be in need that may not be in need today, but will be in the days to come,” Curtis said. "This is important and it's a way for us to lend a hand to our fellow Carolinians. It's a way to say 'we're here for you, we haven't forgotten you.'"
Those wishing to make a monetary contribution can do so with the Red Cross by visiting the organizations website at www.RedCross.org.