Parking meters not just for parking anymore

Parking meters will now target the panhandling problem in Myrtle Beach.

New Directions, a local group that tries to move people out of poverty and homelessness, created a plan to re-use old parking city meters to serve the homeless.

These meters will be painted different colors than parking meters you typically see around the city.

People who have any spare change are encouraged to put it in the meter and donate it.

"If it's put in the parking meter, it'll go to serve the homeless through New Directions," said New Directions Executive Director Kathy Jenkins.

These meters be set-up around 8th and 9th Avenue North and Plyler Park in downtown Myrtle Beach.

It gives people an alternative way to help out those in need, and you'll know that the money will be going to an organization that helps the homeless.

"I think that's an awesome idea because a lot of people like me think. We wonder what's this guy doing with this money really," said Jim Dallas.

Myrtle Beach City Councilman Michael Chestnut has seen panhandling first-hand outside of his business, Big Mike's Soul Food.

Although he believes this new meter program will help, a lot more needs to be done to get this problem under control.

"Will we ever solve the problem completely? I don't think so. There's got to be a lot of changes. Not just in Myrtle Beach, but throughout our country there's got to be a lot of

changes, But if you don't tackle the problem or try to make it better, it's only go to get worse," Chestnut said.

Myrtle Beach City Council approved this plan.

The parking meters have not been installed yet, but will be soon.