Group offers free sunscreen and water for Surfside beach goers

Free sunburn care offered in Surfside Beach by Waccamaw Baptist Association volunteers. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

You don't need to worry if you forgot your sunscreen in Surfside Beach -- A local group has made it their mission to help beach goers in need.

"The sun does get hot here at the beach," said Martha Bullard, with the Waccamaw Baptist Association. "Sometimes people don't realize how hot it gets. We do get some people who get really sunburned."

That's why Bullard and other volunteers man a sun care trailer in Surfside Beach.

They provide free sunscreen, aloe and ice cold water.

It's needed and appreciated.

"We came in two days ago and I have zinc on my face because I was so sunburnt," said Megan Dennis, visiting from Virginia.

People from all over stop to see the smiling faces at the suncare trailer.

"We have people from all over the world," said Bullard. "People just love to talk and they like to tell you about things, so we'll just talk to people about anything and everything."

The Waccamaw Baptist Association has helped beach goers in Surfside for the past eight years.

"Surfside Beach is a family beach and we all love one another. We're just so glad that people choose Surfside to vacation," said Lois Almond, a suncare trailer volunteer.

So whether you're on the beach for a swim or a sleep, snag some sunscreen and enjoy the summer.

The suncare trailer is located at the Surfside Drive beach access and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you'd like to volunteer or donate, call 843-995-1320.

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