LAURINBURG — During the Veterans Day appreciation services on Wednesday, there will be a chance to give back to South Carolina flood victims.
The flood victims are in need of cleaning supplies, toiletries and bleach now that the flood water has created mold and mildew throughout houses, buildings and storage areas.
The items can be dropped off during the Veterans Day appreciation breakfast held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church located on 601 North Main St. Items may also be dropped off anytime after 11 a.m. at the Golden Corral and during the Veterans Day appreciation dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
“Water can really damage a property with mold and mildew, so these things are necessary,” said state Rep. Garland Pierce. “We’re just trying to do our part.”
The October flooding in South Carolina resulted in 17 deaths and more than $1 billion in damage.
“I didn’t realize the impact the flood had, but there are still some parts in the the low country dealing with it,” Pierce said.
The low country of South Carolina consists of the counties in the southern region. These counties were drastically effected by the floods because even though they were not initially hit by the flash flood, they have become a pocket for excess water.
The Rev. T. Shedrick Byrd, pastor of Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Lumberton created the donation project to assist the flood victims.
“We have provided service for Claredon, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horley, Charleston and Berkeley County,” Byrd said. “It was not a flash flood event as much as it was water still holding in crawl spaces.”
Byrd will take the donations to Williamsburg County on Thursday — making his seventh trip down to the low country with supplies.
The church targeted Williamsburg County because the rural areas in particular are overrun with mold, mildew and bacteria from the flood waters.
“We need to make the necessary repairs” he said. “We need to aid them in the aftermath with the necessary toiletries and cleaning supplies as they transition from their permanent residence to a temporary residence then back to their permanent residence.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.