Over the past few days, the Lowcountry has received catastrophic and record levels of flooding. The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services personnel are helping provide warm meals, clothing, clean-up assistance, and spiritual support to those affected by the storm.
We are currently deploying three mobile kitchens out into the community and are expected to prepare approximately 1,500 meals for flood victims and first responders.
At this time our primary focus will be in Dorchester County; however, people are welcome to call all three of our Service Units to receive assistance with food, clothing, household items, and spiritual support. You can reach us at the following numbers:
- Charleston County Service Unit – 843-804-9072
- Berkeley County Service Unit – 843-761-8626
- Dorchester County Service Unit – 843-851-2368.
Today we will begin our relief efforts by providing lunch to first responders at the Dorchester County Emergency Operation Center (Dorchester EOC). Tonight, we will go out into some of the hardest hit neighborhoods and offer dinner. We will continue to provide water and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) until our services are no longer needed.
If you would like to support our relief efforts, please know that during times of disaster financial gifts are the best way to support The Salvation Army. Please do not send clothing or other materials unless it is specifically requested (we'll keep you posted via social media should specific needs arise).
Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.
***Disaster Relief Update***
St. Paul's of Summerville at 111 Waring Street will be collecting clothing items for flood victims. They will distribute clothing items this week and next week, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. They will also be distributing food and clothing this upcoming Saturday from 9am to 11am. Our social worker for Dorchester County is located at 111 Waring Street as well, you can reach her at 843-851-2368 with any questions or concerns.
The Salvation Army has been at work in South Carolina for over 125 years. Know that we will be here to continue to support the community long after the waters recede.
Know that we bring hope.
Know that we serve in Jesus name without discrimination.
Know that when the waters rise, we stand firm.