Image by Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by the New Jersey Army National Guard on October 30.
Update: Donation locations are in, scroll to the bottom of the post.
Local support to provide relief for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy has been growing.
For starters, the folks behind local brewer Coast have already completed a collection drive and have arrived in New Jersey with a 16-foot box truck loaded with supplies.
But that appears to just be the beginning of support from the Charleston area.
The City of Charleston is planning to locate trucks around the area to collect supplies.
Asked for donation will be items like non-perishable food, diapers, baby wipes, paper items such as paper towels and bathroom tissue, band-aids, batteries and flashlights, bottled water and juices and hygiene items such as soap and hand sanitizers. Tools such as shovels, work gloves, hand saws, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies will also be welcome.
Officials are asking that clothes not be donated.
Look for more details about the location of the trucks to come today and Tuesday, for now start collecting your items to donate and keep your eyes pealed.
Mayor Riley said, “We have been hearing from our area residents who ask what they can do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy on our northeastern coast. They remember the aid we received and always want to give back when others are in need. In the conference call on Saturday, Mayors from the affected areas said that their most immediate needs have been restoration of power and fuel. Those of us here know that the time is now when other supplies are going to become critical. No stores are open in areas where power is lacking and emergency supplies are running out.”
And don't forget that the Red Cross is urging blood donations.
Update: Donations will be shipped next week to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in New Jersey for distribution and the collection will end on Thursday, November 15, for the final shipment to the disaster area.
Dropoff locations for relief supplies:
- All City of Charleston Fire Departments
- All City of North Charleston Fire Departments
- All Sullivans Island Fire Departments
- All Isle of Palms Fire Stations
- All Area Piggly Wiggly stores
Dropoff locations provided by Charleston County:
Charleston County’s Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Charleston County’s East Cooper Service Center
1189 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway, Suite 300
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Charleston County’s St. Paul’s Service Center
5926 Highway 165
Ravenel, SC 29470
Awendaw Fire Department Locations:
Station 1, 4286 N Hwy 17, Awendaw, S.C. 29429
Station 5, 1189 Iron Bridge Road, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466
Station 2, 6384 Maxville Road, Awendaw, S.C. 29429
Station 4,10009 N. Hwy 17, McClellanville, S.C. 29458