The Front Street Fire Relief Fund was set up the day a fire destroyed seven historic buildings along Georgetown's Front Street, September 25.
Tuesday, the Front Street Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee agreed to distribute $47,500 to residents, business owners and employees directly impacted by the fire.
The Distribution Committee consists of three representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, three from the Georgetown Business Association, two from Georgetown County Government, two from the City of Georgetown, and the Executive Director of the United Way.
The Georgetown Chamber says the relief fund at First Citizens Bank in Georgetown has collected over $73,000.
As of last week, the distribution committee had given out roughly $17,500. Add that to the $47,500 now approved for distribution and the total being given out so far is $65,000.
The distribution committee allocated $27,000 for business owners to help them as they try to reopen.
To date, the owners of Zest, Doodlebugs, Colonial Florist, Harborwalk Books, Boardwalk Boutique, and Goudelock have made significant progress in locating new property and reopening, according to a news release from the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.
The distribution committee also designated $15,000 to assist the residents with their immediate needs including clothing, initial deposits for dwellings, furniture, etc. The balance of the funds will be designated for the employees as they look for new employment.
Donations to the Front Street Fire Relief Fund can be made by visiting any branch of First Citizens Bank.
You can also mail donations to:FRONT STREET FIRE RELIEF FUNDC/O First Citizens Bank726 Front StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440or visit www.GeorgetownFireRelief.com