Relief Efforts Needed for Aftermath of 1,000 Year Flood in South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (TFC) – South Carolina’s flood disaster may not be deemed worthy news anymore for the corporate giants that feed on consumerism and drama, but the damage from the 1,000 year flood that happened the first week of October is much more important than most of what’s trending in the mainstream media. Humanitarian work starts at home.

Image Source: Alex Mengel

Image Source: Alex Mengel

Williamsburg County, South Carolina is one of the poorest counties in South Carolina with a median annual income of just under $26,000. The county is comprised of 76.9% minorities, with 39.6% of residents being under 18 or over 65. It is the “ground zero” for this major natural disaster and is a place right here, right now in the United States that gives us all the opportunity to show compassion and civic responsibility to our neighbors. The preliminary assessment below was written yesterday for the Kingstree Relief Cafe, a relief organization comprised of 100% volunteer efforts. Their volunteers are made of folks from across the United States who have arrived onsite to give their time and energy to support one another. All labor and resources given through the Kingstree Relief Cafe are 100% donated. There are no paychecks, no bureaucratic cuts taken.

For Immediate Release (10/27/2015)
Williamsburg County Flood Relief Assessment Overview
For Kingstree Relief Cafe

The aftermath of the devastating “Thousand Year Flood” that occurred recently in South Carolina has had an immense impact on local towns and communities. Despite the media’s recent blackout, the struggle is still very real and people are working tirelessly to recover. Williamsburg County is one of the most widely affected areas in South Carolina, as well as one of the most remote and impoverished. This county is dispersed across approximately 950 sq miles.

During our team’s preliminary assessments, we witnessed multiple communities displaced. The communities most affected are residing along established waterways. Multiple communities will need continued support throughout this recovery from severe flood damage.

The Kingstree Relief Cafe, with direct sponsorship from Organic Valley and multiple Williamsburg community groups, are dedicated to serving hot meals daily. As the need to provide food greatly increases in the coming weeks, so does the need for more volunteers. As it stands, all other mass feeding operations and shelters are closed or in the process of demobilizing. In the meantime, the Kingstree Relief Cafe is helping to coordinate a Halloween gathering at St. Mark’s school (Kingstree Relief Cafe’s base camp). Our hope is to attract county wide unification and support on Halloween. Additionally, a satellite operation is in place to help feed the local communities at the county EOC (Emergency Operations Center).

How to Help
Kingstree Relief Cafe is fully committed to exploring options to best deliver meals to those in need, especially in the most remote locations. Kingstree Relief Cafe and Organic Valley will continue to provide hot organic food to people in need. We can not make this happen without local and national support.

As we move forward, we are trying to spread the word about this amazing feeding operation to anyone who is hungry. We are also looking into more efficient ways to deliver meals. Our team is in immediate need of food distribution trucks for the very remote areas, more volunteers, and funding support. The most important aspect of helping these communities is successful outreach to those living here and gaining their extended support- So they might help us help them!

Contacts
Media Inquiries — raymondjdobson@gmail.com & innertain@gmail.com
Donations —- https://www.gofundme.com/xt5pqs3w
Volunteers — Raymond Dobson (608)632-9664
Assessment Inquiries — aslanwalkon@gmail.com & innertain@gmail.com
Social Media— Facebook Group: The Kingstree Cafe Flood Relief Center

Image Source: Alex Mengel

Image Source: Alex Mengel

Assessment review by Alex Mengel and R ”Aslan” Cray