Community comes together to help Windsor Green fire victims
Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) —
A number of organizations in Myrtle Beach raised money and accepted donations for the families displaced by the Windsor Green fire.
The Carolina Forest apartment fire sent seven people to the hospital, four of which in critical condition.
"We feel like we have a level of responsibility in the community to be able to reach out to those that are in need," said Todd Elliott, the pastor from the Beach Church.
The Beach Church partnered with another local relief organization to raise funds to donate to the families.
"We decided to partner with impact ministries, a local relief organization that's Christian based," said Elliott.
The members and staff at the Beach Church have donated 10 percent of Sunday's church offering to help out.
"We have partnered with the Red Cross in the past, you know, we're a Red Cross shelter for when different things, so we just, again, we're trying to increase our involvement with the community when there's things that happen of a tragic nature to really help other people," said Elliott.
Just across the way over at Christ United Methodist, the fire hit close to home. One of their families lost everything when their apartment burned.
Members of the church have gone out of their way to help the victims by making hospital visits and supplying clothing and food.
"We were with them in the hospital that night, on Thursday night. We've been there about everyday, either one of our staff or clergy or our members have been there visiting with them," said Jane Pearce, the congregational care director for Christ United Methodist in Myrtle Beach
Officials with the Red Cross said when disaster strikes, catering to the needs of the community is their mission.
"Our case workers were there immediately making sure everyone who was there who needed it had food, clothing and shelter," said Red Cross Executive Director Nanci Conley.
With 135 residents displaced in home fires throughout eastern South Carolina since the beginning of the year, Red Cross officials said donations and volunteers are needed now more than ever.
"What we did and worked with in Windsor Green apartment families is what we do everyday in this community," said Conley.
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