Local club owner offers space for soldiers to meet

photo courtesy of Scents for Soldiers Facebook page

When the organization Scents for Soldiers needed a place to host a dinner for several hundred wounded soldiers visiting Myrtle Beach, they reached out to WPDE NewsChannel 15, and a local club owner answered the call.

Christina Shealy, founder of Scents for Soldiers, says the soldiers and their families, about 500 people, will be in Myrtle Beach for Memorial Day Weekend, and they needed a place to hold their memorial dinner Monday, May 24.

Ryan Weatherwax, who works at 2001 Nightclub on Lake Arrowhead Road, said he and his wife saw our story and knew they wanted to help.

"It's a surreal feeling. You won't really know it until you see that line of cars come through and the flags and the fire trucks and the police cars and rolling thunder and whoever else is involved and whoever else is in that line coming through. That's when it hits you and you get the goose bumps on the back of your neck," Weatherwax explained.

The club is perfect because it's large enough to hold such a large number of people and it is accessible so that those who are disabled can access all areas.

The soldiers who will visit are taking a break from their treatment and recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Scents for Soldiers also needs toiletries like shampoo and razors as well as clothing. Click here to learn how you can help.