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South Carolina Flooding

I have received a number of emails from Hip2Savers asking for assistance to help those effected by recent floodings and other tragedies…

From Elena in South Carolina:

Hey Collin! I’m in South Carolina and I’m sure you heard about the severe flooding. Yes, it is pretty bad! I am lucky I am living far away enough where my house is safe but others are not so lucky. I was hoping you could ask your readers to help donate supplies to our local food banks or a gift card to help a family in need. Christmas and Thanksgiving are right around the corner and it is devastating to lose everything you own. More than 300 people have been rescued and more than 30,000 were asked to leave. Donations can be sent to food pantries, churches or Noah’s Ark Baby Shop at 1419 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

From Regina in South Carolina:

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your site! I live here in Sumter, SC and many families here have been devastated by the tragic flooding that happened here. It’s still not over but I believe the worse is behind us. I was one of few families whose home was not flooded and whose family is safe. I just want to say that through your website I have been able to build a stock pile of many items I use on a regular basis. Its great because it appears many stores will be closed for a while. Though my stock pile isn’t huge, I plan to use a majority of it to help those that lost everything. Above is what our area looks like.

American Red Cross

From Tonya in Oregon:

I was wondering if you might consider posting a donation link to American Red Cross. They serve so greatly in times of need. I live in Portland, Oregon and the recent mass shooting is absolutely heartbreaking. I know fellow nurses who have earned their degrees there. And, you have a huge following of Hip2Savers in this area. Though there is nothing practical I can do (other than thoughts and prayers) to show this community and these families how deeply sorry I am, the American Red Cross is always there for emotional and physical support in times like these. The services they provide are invaluable. Monetary donations and blood donations are always needed, and are a means of showing we care ❤️

Feel free to share other ways to help in the comment section below.

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  1. Ashley Alliman

    I was a student on campus at UCC when this happened. My babies were also there in the childcare center. It was so awful. Thank you for posting this!

    • Karenfoster46

      Yes, Collin thank you for posting this this is all wonderful and great and I would love to help as well, however, not all of us can afford to send money, therefore, can you ask them what they are in need of…

      Like most of us on your website, I have been able to stockpile many items and certain things that we use all of the time, and I am willing to share to those in need…

      Maybe you could ask them for a list of items that they will be needing, or are if you need now!!

      Thanks again for all you do!!

      Karen 🙂

    • ambership

      You are so welcome 🙂

  2. Swirlypop

    I’m also in Myrtle beach. While things are fine where I live, north myrtle beach & Georgetown were hit very hard by the flooding.

  3. Tiffany

    My heart goes out to you and your children, Ashley! Glad you all are safe now. ❤️

  4. Stacy

    I’m from Easley, SC we are safe here . But many areas in the state need tons of help.

    • Lauren

      I’m in Pendleton!! Small world!

    • Kristy

      I’m in Simpsonville =)

  5. Jennifer

    I’m in Wilmington NC. Although we have been hit, city has been pretty much out of commission for 2 days because so many roads are impossible, we have friends and family in the areas severely affected. From Brunswick county NC down through sc, people are facing total losses. I’m sure there will be a great need for help as the holidays approach. I know our local salvation army does a lot. They are always taking donations for different things.

  6. Daphne

    My heart is broken for all these families across our country dealing with these devastating events! I’m near the OBX in NC and although we had some flooding and part of a road was washed out at my favorite beach, it’s nothing compared to SC – not even close. My prayers are with all of them!

  7. Barb

    If these families can get in touch with any local LDS church leaders (Bishop, neighbor, etc.), I know they will send missionaries out to help with clean up and ward members with other items needed – food, cleaning supplies, blankets etc., if they haven’t already. The LDS church does a lot for disasters and don’t worry if you are not of the LDS faith, they help everyone! 🙂 Prayers go out to you.

    • ambership

      Thanks so much for sharing Barb 🙂

  8. Thuy

    Thank you to all, continue to pray for the victims of Joaquin. Thanks and ❤️ from SC.

  9. Becky A.

    We lived in the Charleston area for 7 years and just moved out of the state two months ago. From talking to friends, the damage is quite extensive in some areas. I will try to update with any specific needs/locations to send items when I learn of them!

  10. Logan

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am a student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Things have been pretty crazy around here. Luckily, my roommates and I have only had issues with our power and electric, no flooding. However, the rivers surrounding the area are getting dangerously high and I fear than many more Columbia residents will be losing their homes. Please continue to keep the residents in your thoughts and prayers. This means so much to all of us.

    • ambership

      You are so welcome Logan. So glad that you are safe 🙂

  11. Brittany

    Thank you for posting this Collin and thank you fellow H2Savers for the thoughts and prayers! We sandlappers appreciate it and there are so many of us that need help. Never have I seen anything so devistating and so wide spread happen in the Palmetto State. My family was spared, but many weren’t and this is far from over. Again, thank you everyone for the consideration of SC.

    • ambership

      You’re welcome Brittany. Happy to hear that you and your family are safe. 😉

  12. Richelle

    Prayers! My heart is heavy for all of you.

  13. Tonya

    I’m in Kingstree, SC and it’s flooding here. Rain has mostly stopped but people near us have been evacuated because the river is flooding. Scary stuff. Thanks for posting and making people aware

  14. Tricia

    I’m in Columbia. Police came door to door asking us to evacuate. I tried to leave and travel to Georgia to stay with my mother but the interstates were closed. Ended up in another safer home as ours was flooded. Then boil advisory was issued and power was on and off. I’m happy that I was able to get out and the damage was not so bad. Others suffered much worse.

  15. CW

    Collin, please bump this post up tomorrow or fully repost with all comments. It’s late on the east coast and I’m sure some Hipsters are missing this. Please post in the day, I’m sure there will be more suggestions and help locations posted. My heart goes out to all of you…. And thanks Coim for posting this

  16. JA

    My heart goes out to all dealing with the flooding. In 2009, we were victims of a flash flood, a one hundred year storm, four inches of rain in two hours. There is a long road ahead of those people, things that someone who hasn’t been through it can’t even imagine. And after the house is rebuilt, and “things” replaced, the memories stay. I just feel so bad.

  17. Joy

    So heartbroken over what is happening in SC. I lived there for 13 years about a decade ago when my boys were little. We have many friends and one family member there still. The images on social media are surreal and haunting. Although home and roots have always been in the North, my heart will always belong in SC. Miss the wonderful people, food and land so much, especially Columbia area. Prayers and much love from a former resident. <3

  18. Lissah

    Colin:
    I live in Florence SC which is an area that has some areas hard hit but nothing compares to Columbia, North Myrtle beach/Little River, and Charleston areas. Unfortunately the next few days will be rough as well as river levels rise and dams continue to struggle. I believe there are 10 breaches at this time. 12 confirmed dead, several in their cars in columbia. It is heartbreaking There are several agencies and organizations helping out in the state. Water and basic needs are unavailable in some areas. My daughter is also a college student at USC in Columbia and today posted her experience with the kindness of others (see below)

    ” Today, while stocking up on water and dry goods, a stranger saw me struggling to reach the last pack of plastic cups on the top shelf and climbed up and got them for me. Later, I saw my old neighbor from when I lived in 5 points. He asked of my and x well-being and heard that I was looking everywhere for bottled water. He gave me one of his cases, although he had a wife and a small child at home. All he asked in return was that I help him find some candles when a man overheard us talking about candles and promptly led us to them. Seeing the goodwill and love that total strangers were offering to each other at the grocery store made this disaster a bit more bearable. To all those who are asking, I’m fine. Please keep those who haven’t been as lucky in your thoughts and donate as much as you can. If you cannot donate, ask those who can. There are multiple relief funds set up to help those victims and their families.”
    We are a state that has pulled together in the roughest of times. Please consider helping if you can. Thanks in advance. #SCPROUD. #SCFLOOD

  19. Kristy

    Colin, Thank you you and one other site I have two full boxes of donations I am taking to my neighbor whose church is sending a truck the hour and half down to Columbia. While I did clean out my stockpile I know other families are needing it more then I at this time. I am fully blessed that I was able to do this because of your work.

  20. Selena

    I live about an hour from Columbia S.C. I am very grateful that we only have a leaky roof, so many others are dealing with so much. This has been heartbreaking to see happen. The amount of water is unimagineable, most of the people effected do not have flood insurance and sadly no one could have ever been prepared for something like this. Our state has never experienced even half of the devastation that has been this week. The problems are just so widespread and will continue to worsen as rivers crest. Recovery will be lengthy as there are hundreds of roads with areas competely washed away. Bridges gone or compromised, homes, cars underwater, entire towns completely cut off from anyone. Unbelieveable sights! Then you have all the search and rescue efforts happening even in our state capital. I can’t even imagine Interstate 95 closed down from Florence to Charleston.
    I just wanted to say thank you to those people who are able and have taken the time to give and to those that are first hand trying to help… first responders, police, national guard, state workers, volunteers and so many others that have worked endless hours. To those of you struggling my heart goes out to you. I am sure the generosity of others will strengthen you and those that give will someday be repayed.
    I have followed this site for years and have seen and been inspired by what its readers can and are willing to do. Thank you for making people aware and giving people way to give to those that need it. Just saw this on a church sign this week… Kindness is the hardest thing to give away because it always comes back to you.

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