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How to help: Local relief efforts expand to help state's flood victims

Lower Richland residents wait in line at Lower Richland High School for water Oct. 5, 2015, after catastrophic flooding hit the Midlands.
Lower Richland residents wait in line at Lower Richland High School for water Oct. 5, 2015, after catastrophic flooding hit the Midlands.
This story was updated today, October 9.

More local groups are pitching in to help South Carolina residents affected by the severe flooding.

Since Monday, several organizations and companies have sponsored supply drives, seeking bottled water and other donations to send to disaster-stricken Charleston and Columbia.

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The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette will accept bottled water donations at the newspaper's building at 10 Buck Island Road during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bottled water will be trucked to Columbia nightly.

The Town of Bluffton is hosting a water and paper supply drive until today at 1 p.m. The drive is seeking donated water and paper supplies such as paper towels and toilet paper, according to a town news release. Gallon jugs of water or larger are preferred, but bottled water will also be accepted.

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Residents can drop off donated materials at these locations:

-- Town Hall, 20 Bridge St.

-- Bluffton Police Department, 101 Progressive St.

-- The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road.

-- Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Office, 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island

-- Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, 32 Office Park Road., Suite 124, Hilton Head Island

-- Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, 386 Spanish Wells Road., Suite C1, Hilton Head Island


Lowcountry Jaycees will collect water and other supplies through today, when chapter president Kyle Warren will transport the donated supplies to Columbia. The organization is asking for water, toiletries, paper towels, baby food and pet food.

Items can be dropped off at Kazoobie Kazoos at 12 John Galt Road until 5 p.m., or by emailing Kyle Warren at for pick-up.

Love House Ministries is collecting bottled water, toiletries, canned goods, household items, pet food and towels for disaster-stricken areas. Residents can drop off donated materials at these locations:

-- Stokes Honda of Beaufort, 88 Robert Smalls Parkway, through today

-- Quality Inn at Town Center, 2001 Boundary St., through today

-- All three Hobbit Hill Preschool locations: 921 Magnolia Bluff Circle, Beaufort, 2409 State Road S-7-157, Beaufort, 5 Rue Du Bois, Lady's Island, through today

The donated materials will be transported to Columbia and Charleston by Boogie Tudor of Emergency Power Systems and Tom Curry of Lowcountry Paver, according to a news release.

Taylor's Quality Landscape Supplies of Bluffton is also collecting water donations to help residents in Columbia in coordination with the American Red Cross, according to post on the company's Facebook page. The company said Monday it was in the process of sending 80 pallets of water to Columbia and was working on collecting more water to donate.

The company is accepting donations of water or money to purchase it at the store on 36 Cecil Reynolds Road. For more information, call 843-705-2600.

Brighton Builders of Bluffton will continue a collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at its office, 49 Pennington Dr., Suite B. The company is collecting drinks, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, bedding materials, new clothing, and baby items, such as food and diapers.

The company's owner, Ben Kennedy, will send a truck up to Columbia with supplies today and a second truck next week if needed. For more information, call 843-837-1119.

In Beaufort, Sea Island Carriage Company is trading cases of bottled water brought to its door at 930 Bay St. for a carriage ride.

The Beaufort County Association of Realtors is accepting bottles of water at its office at 22 Kemmerlin Lane on Lady's Island, behind BB&T. A map and instructions are available at For more information, call 843-525-6435.

Today, local band Cranford Hollow will hold a water drive at Skull Creek Boathouse on Hilton Head. Attendees to the free concert are asked to bring cases of water to the event, which starts at 8 p.m. The band will be joined by a special guest, Ellowyn Kane, who recorded tracks on their newest album, "St. Telluride".

Kroger on Hilton Head Island, at 42 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Towne Centre, is serving as a drop off location for water donations that will be trucked to Columbia today. The Greenery Retail Center at 960 William Hilton Parkway is also a drop-off location for water, paper towels and toilet paper.

Harris Teeter will start offering shoppers and associates the opportunity to donate $1, $3, or $5 at checkout to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through Oct. 31, according to a company news release. Shoppers can donate in-store and through ExpressLane, their online shopping tool, the release said.

Kroger stores in Aiken and Augusta, Ga., are also serving as collection sites for water donations, the company announced in a news release.

In addition to the local donation efforts, local firefighters have joined rescue and recovery efforts, and traveled to Clarendon County to assist in relief efforts, Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District spokesman Scott Harris said Monday.

How others helped:

Wednesday and Thursday, Lowcountry Paver had a trailer at the Publix Shopping Center off Buckwalter Road in Bluffton from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to collect blankets, non-perishable food, pet supplies and water.

The "Sew What Club" of Sun City Hilton Head will collect bottled water at Pinckney Hall Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., said State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort.