Ways You Can Help South Carolina Flooding Victims

A road is washed out from flooding in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Despite an improving forecast, it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by an historic rainstorm. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Augusta, GA – Many of you in the CSRA have reached out to WJBF News Channel 6 and asked how you can help victims of the historic flooding in South Carolina.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) officials say, the best way to help is to make a monetary contribution to one of the many Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs). The agencies and their contact information can be viewed here.

While the outpouring of support for people wanting to donate water is greatly appreciated, the state does not need any additional resources at this time, according to officials.

Organized donations, though, help by cutting down on transportation time and costs. Those offering resources needed for response or recovery efforts, and those who can offer transportation for donations, may contact Emergency Support Function (ESF)18 at 803-737–8518 or 803-737-8875.

Click here for a list of items that emergency workers need to help assist flooding victims.

On Wednesday, WJBF News Channel 6 and our Giving Your Best partners will be joining forces to conduct a bottled water drive for flooding victims Click here for more information.

You can also donate to the Red Cross by taking part in their “Text to Give” program for flood victims.

If you would like to volunteer your services, click here.

Donations of used clothing items are not being directly accepted. However, SCEMD is requesting that any in-state clothing donations be taken to a charitable organization within your community. These organizations already have the resources to make the best use of clothing donations.

As far as food, SCEMD is requesting that South Carolina citizens take collected food items to local food banks or other charitable organizations. These local food banks and organizations work with us and will distribute food to the victims in South Carolina and other impacted areas. If you prefer, you may make a monetary donation to the Harvest Hope Food Bank in South Carolina.

If you will be conducting a food drive for disaster relief, please contact Harvest Hope Food Bank to get information on most-needed items.

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