Season of Giving: How To Help In Myrtle Beach
Giving back is a way of life in the Myrtle Beach area and the season of giving is upon us once again. Whether you’re new to the area and want to know how you can help out, or are looking for additional opportunities to help those in need, we have a great list of local organizations who would appreciate your help this season.
The Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach
The Community Kitchen provides meals every day for the hungry in our community. Their website keeps an updated list of current needs posted year-round. Items typically include large/bulk size non-perishable foods like breakfast cereals, grits, pork and beans, and pasta sauce. Financial donations are also helpful and allow the kitchen to purchase items when they run low.
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
Habitat for Humanity is always in need of volunteers to help build the next project. Financial donations are also welcome, if swinging hammers isn’t your thing.
All 4 Paws
All 4 Paws is a local no kill animal shelter, located in Pawleys Island. All 4 Paws rescues both dogs and cats and maintains an Amazon wish list that is updated weekly with their most pressing needs. They do tend to take in more dogs as Sav-R-Cats of Surfside Beach is dedicated to cat rescue. Financial donations are always welcome as well.
Sav-R-Cats is a no kill animal shelter that rescues cats exclusively and is also the main organization managing the feral cat population of the Grand Strand through its TNR (trap-neuter-release) program and care-taking of feral cat colonies. Sav-R-Cats wish list is on the newsletter on their website and includes paper towels, Purina Naturals cat food, cat toys, scratching posts and cat beds. Of course, financial donations are appreciated also.
Salvation Army of Horry County
The Salvation Army helps families in need with food, clothing, utilities and other services. They have collection sites and pick-ups throughout the area. More information about their needs is available on their website.
Blue Star Mothers
The Blue Star Mothers are always in need of supplies for care packages (Hero Boxes) for our military men and women serving overseas this holiday season. A list of suggested items is posted on their website as well as local events.
Help 4 Kids/Back Pack Buddies
The Back Pack Buddies program provides food for needy children over the weekends and holidays when they are away from school (and school meals). Additionally, the organization is currently in need of gloves, mittens and hats in all sizes as the weather in the area approaches the coldest part of the year.
Grace Ministries Neighbor to Neighbor
The Neighbor to Neighbor program pairs volunteer drivers who can provide free transportation with older adults or disabled individuals who would otherwise be homebound with no way to get to important doctor appointments, go shopping or other necessary tasks of daily living. Contact Grace Ministries to provide a ride to an older neighbor in need this giving season.
There are many, many more worthy charities and organizations throughout our area. Keep an eye out for fundraisers and toy drives for organizations such as Toys for Tots and Fostering Hope at local businesses you frequent. Doctors’ offices, real estate offices, local restaurants and other area businesses often hold fundraisers and donation drives for non-profits in the area. Whether you donate food, items, clothing, money or your time, there are lots of ways to help out in our Myrtle Beach community this giving season.