Several efforts to provide needed supplies to Hurricane Florence flood victims are ramping up in Carolina Forest.
One of them is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 25, and another is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.
Hurricane relief drive Tuesday at Carolina Forest Community Church
With the goal “to centralize everything and make it easy for everyone,” a drive for Hurricane Florence flood victims will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Carolina Forest Community Church from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The church is at 1381 Carolina Forest Blvd.
Dennis Devorick, Carolina Forest Elementary School principal and pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church, is helping organize the event.
Devorick says volunteers are still needed to help with the drive, and should just show up to help Tuesday morning.
Things needed are personal hygiene items including shampoo, conditioner and body wash; baby items including diapers, food and baby wipes; water, non-perishable food items and paper goods including plates and cups.
Also needed is clothing for children, and even coloring books and crayons to help keep them occupied.
Devorick asks that people do not bring cash donations, but only the specific items requested.
The items collected will be dispersed to schools after the waters recede and then distributed to families in need.
The schools where the distributions will take place are Palmetto Bay Elementary, Ocean Bay Elementary, Waccamaw Elementary, Ocean Bay Middle, Ten Oaks Middle, River Oaks Elementary, Carolina Forest Elementary, Black Water Middle and Carolina Forest High School.
“We’re unified, we’re working together, we’re one force making a difference, Devorick says.
They will also hand out food from 4-6 p.m. because some people cannot get there during the day.
Devorick stressed that they do not need any more donations of food.
"We have a ton," he said.
Hurricane relief yard/vendor sale at Ocean Bay Middle School Saturday
Carolina Forest Cub Scouts Pack 899 Webellos Den #1 will hold a yard/vendor sale in the Ocean Bay Middle School parking lot from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
The event will also serve as a drop-off location for donations.
Julie Harrington, pack assistant leader, says the money raised from the vendors who will pay for their spaces, will be used for hurricane relief.
The money the vendors earn from the sale of their merchandise will be theirs to keep.
The vendors can sell from tables or blankets on the ground or from the back of their trucks.
“Whatever’s easiest,” Harrington says.
The cost of a single space is $10 and a double is $15. Four spaces are $25.
Vendors can pay for their spaces on the day of the sale.
To reserve space, email Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrington’s 9-year-old son, Brady Lord, will have a booth selling cupcakes and drinks, and the money raised there will also go to the hurricane relief.
Normally, a yard sale such as this one is held to raise money for scholarships, providing for boys who need financial aid to participate in Scouts.
The day of the sale, the location will also be a drop-off point for donations such as cleaning supplies including gloves and face masks, toiletries including toothpaste, soap and shampoo, as well as non-perishable food items and cash.
“This time,” Harrington says, “we decided as a group to change where the money will go and donate it to help our own community.”
The 100 boys in the Carolina Forest area Webelos Den #1are in grades kindergarten through fifth.
"This teaches the boys to give back and to not always expect to receive," Harrington says."