By Charles Warner
UNION COUNTY — The local effort to help the victims of the floods that devastated communities across South Carolina continues this week at Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Since this past Tuesday, 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 the previous weekend. 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, and Clarendon County.
The effort continued Monday morning with sheriff’s office personnel again collecting donated items for transport, this time to Lugoff. The items collected included bottled water, canned food, cereal, crackers, potato chips, juice, macaroni, diapers, toilet tissue, paper towels, brooms, mops, cleaning supplies, clothing, socks, shoes, and stuffed toys.
Volunteer David “Tubo” Owens said Monday was the last day the collection effort would be held at the parking lot next to Hardee’s. Owens said that the collection effort will nevertheless continue through Friday at Tabernacle Baptist Church at 915 South Pinckney Street, Union. He said persons wanting to donate items to the relief effort may drop them off at the church each day between 9 a.m.-noon.
• 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.
For more information about the collection drive call the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612.
Relief efforts for flood victims in South Carolina are continuing this week in Union County. Collections will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church where donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m.-noon today through Friday.