UNION COUNTY — An elementary school and a middle school have together raised more than $1,100 for the flood relief effort in Union County.
Since Oct. 6, the Union County Sheriff’s Office has been leading an effort to collect and transport relief supplies to residents in the areas of South Carolina hit by the catastrophic flooding caused by unusually heavy rains that fell on the state at the beginning of this month. A collection point was set up in the parking lot next to Hardee’s and, together with volunteers, sheriff’s office personnel have collected donations of bottled water, food, personal hygiene products, paper goods, blankets, clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, dog and cat food and even kitty litter. The donated items were then loaded onto trucks and trailers and even the Union County Emergency Services Mobile Command Unit and transported to communities effected by the flooding including Columbia, Sumter County, Clarendon County, and on Monday, Lugoff.
In addition to the donations of bottled water, food, clothing and other necessities, there also been monetary donations in support of the relief effort. Among those making monetary donations are Monarch Elementary School and Sims Middle School.
Monarch Elementary School
Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness said that her school had donated $400 to the relief effort which she calls “Union Cares.” Maness said she and MES students Maggie Grace Lancaster and Caroline Davis presented the funds to Betty Jo Taylor, the wife of Union County Sheriff David Taylor. She said the presentation took place at the Union County Emergency Services Mobile Command Post.
Sims Middle School
Sims Middle School Principal Mickey Connelly announced that students and faculty at his school had raised $701.53 for the local flood relief effort. Connelly said the school had held a fundraiser this past Friday in which students were permitted to wear hats at school if they paid a $1 fee. He said many of those participating were so enthusiastic about helping flood victims that they actually paid more than the required fee. In addition, Connelly said there were those who did not wear hats but paid the fee or more in support of the flood relief effort.
Monarch and Sims are the latest local organizations to support flood relief efforts with monetary donations.
This past Wednesday, Lockhart Power announced that it had made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina to aid flood relief in the Midlands area and across the state. In announcing the donation, company officials pointed out that many of its associates who live in and around Lockhart and in other small towns in the area were already donating through their churches and other charitable groups help families in the Columbia area victimized by flooding. They further stated that the company had worked side by side with city and other governmental and utility employees and were inspired by their dedication to the communities of the Midlands.
The announcement also stated that anyone wanting to donate to the relief efforts should visit www.redcross.org/SC.
USC Union SGA
Among those donating flood relief items is the Student Government Association of USC Union.
In a statement released Tuesday morning, the university announced that the SGA had sent pillows, blankets, water, toiletries, and other supplies to the sheriff’s office for distribution to flood victims.
Tabernacle Baptist Church
While the collection effort was originally held in the parking lot next to Hardee’s, it is now being held at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Persons wanting to make donations to the relief effort my drop them off at the church from 9 a.m.-noon each day these week through Friday.
The relief effort is continuing to accepts donations with the following items still needed.:
• Bottled water
• Food items such as cereal, peanut butter, canned food, mustard, ketchup, macaroni and cheese, juice, coffee, and soft drinks.
• Personal care/hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, q-tips, shaving cream, and razors.
• Household items such as paper towels, trash bags, disinfecting wipes, and household cleaning supplies.
• Pet care items including dog food, cat food, and kitty litter.
• Adult and children’s clothing, children’s shoes, blankets, comforters, and socks.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.