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Myrtle Beach Area is Giving Back

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce business are reaching out to nonprofits through donations, blood drives, mentoring and more. If you're a Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce business reaching out to nonprofits through donations, blood drives, mentoring, etc., please share your philanthropy with others by sending in the Giving Back Form.

FSIoffice Participates in Soldiers' Angels Community Partners Holiday Program

Nov. 30, 2018 - This year, FSIoffice continued our annual tradition of participating in the Soldiers’ Angels Holiday Community Partners charity program. As a Holiday Community Partner, we work with the Soldiers’ Angels organization to provide support to military families, wounded heroes, deployed service members and veterans during the holiday season. From funds donated by FSIoffice employees, we were able to achieve our goal of filling 75 stockings with an abundance of fun and useful goodies, such as socks, toboggan hats, pocket calendars, pens, cookies, crackers, hot cocoa, Sudoku books, puzzle cubes, playing cards, and more. FSIoffice volunteers met on Friday, Nov. 30, to assemble the stockings, which then were shipped to Soldiers’ Angels headquarters. Soldiers’ Angels will deliver our 75 stockings to deployed service members or veteran patients just in time for Christmas. We enjoy participating in this wonderful cause each year, and we feel it is important to spread Christmas cheer to troops and veterans each holiday season as a way to show our gratitude for their service to our country.

Stock the Cupboard for Habitat for Humanity

March 7, 2018 - STOCK THE CUPBOARD is a project where Shoreline Realty/David Murphy goes to the Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony and presents non-perishable foods, toiletries and household items along with gift cards to the families to help get them off to a good start in their new homes. Drop-off items at Shoreline Realty/David Murphy, 328 Rainwood Road, Conway, SC 29526. Questions? Call 843-457-9550.

Tanger Outlets Campaign Donates to CMC Foundation

Jan. 8, 2018 – The Conway Medical Center (CMC) Foundation received a donation of $22,300 from Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Myrtle Beach in a presentation ceremony held at CMC on Dec. 21, 2017. 

The money was raised throughout October as part of the 24th annual Tanger Pink Campaign. Shoppers who purchased a Pink card for $10 could save 25 percent in participating stores while helping to unite in the fight against breast cancer. The proceeds will support CMC Foundation’s Mammography Initiative which was developed to assist women in the CMC service area who cannot financially obtain necessary health screenings such as mammograms and other clinical breast examinations.

"It's truly a blessing to our patients to be the recipient of these funds again," said Terry Egan, executive director of the CMC Foundation.  "We know that women often lack the time and encouragement to get mammograms, and so often economic barriers compound these issues, but they shouldn't.  Through our foundation these funds will provide free mammograms to those who haven't had the means to get one. Without question this donation from Tanger Outlets is going to save lives in our community."

It is the goal of Conway Medical Center to improve women's health by offering the opportunity to detect early signs of breast cancer or other diseases. Through funds raised by local Tanger Outlets', CMC Foundation's Mammography Initiative will be able to provide approximately 300 mammograms for women who would otherwise never have the opportunity for life saving care. There is additional funding available to women who need further procedures such as biopsies and ultrasounds. Since the program was introduced in October of 2005, CMC Foundation has paid over $500,000 in services.

For more information on CMC Foundation's Mammography Initiative and other programs call 843-347-8058 or visit cmcfoundationsc.com.
 

Tidelands Health partners with the American Cancer Society as presenting sponsor of three regional Relay For Life events

April 6, 2017 - All across the region, from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health specialists partner with patients and their families every day in the fight against cancer. Now, the region’s largest health care system has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and will serve as the presenting sponsor of three Relay For Life events to be held in Horry and Georgetown counties in April.

The decision to support community Relay For Life events was a natural fit for Tidelands Health, said Wanda Prevatte, vice president of outpatient services and chief compliance officer. The health system treats more than 1,200 patients with new cancer diagnoses every year.

"A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones," Prevatte said. "Supporting Relay For Life is an extension of our work as we stand alongside our patients on the journey to recovery."

Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, said Troy Matheny, community manager of the society’s local chapter. Participants take turns walking around a track or path for up to 12 hours. Funds raised support cancer research and provide a variety of direct help to people in treatment.

"We are humbled and extremely grateful to Tidelands Health for this support," Matheny said. "The partnership is especially meaningful because of the health system’s prominent regional role in cancer care." 

Tidelands Health offers cancer screenings, diagnosis and a broad range of cancer services including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Care locations extend from the Tidelands Coastal Carolina Breast Center in Myrtle Beach to the Tidelands Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center in Georgetown.  

Tidelands Health will serve as a presenting sponsor at the Relay for Life on April 8 at Coastal Carolina University, at the April 22 Relay For Life at the Grand Park Athletic Complex in Myrtle Beach and at the April 28 Relay For Life at Andrews High School in Andrews.

Individuals interested participating in a Relay For Life can learn more at relayforlife.org.  

Carolina Trust Donates to Local Charities

Jan. 11, 2017 - Throughout 2016, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union donated over $28,000 to local non-profit organizations, schools and community events. Some of the charities included Help4Kids, American Heart Association, March of Dimes, American Red Cross and many others. Along with monetary donations, Carolina Trust donated a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van to Help4Kids and food items to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. It was evident from all the generous donations that both members and staff embraced the Credit Union's philosophy of People Helping People.

CCU Announces First-Ever TEAL 1000 Scholarship Recipient

Nov. 14, 2016 - The Coastal Carolina University Office for Philanthropy has announced that Alex Del Castillo of Myrtle Beach is the first-ever TEAL 1000 Endowed Scholarship recipient.

TEAL 1000 is a new endowed scholarship fund created to allow area individuals and businesses to show their support and appreciation for Coastal by making an annual investment of $1,000. All TEAL 1000 donations go into an endowed fund and the interest supports scholarships for students from Horry and Georgetown counties. More than 60 individuals, businesses and foundations have contributed to TEAL 1000. Their donations are vital to helping CCU attract and retain the area’s brightest students.

"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of the individuals and businesses who contribute to the TEAL 1000 Endowed Scholarship Fund," Del Castillo said. "I am a first-generation college student and my parents cannot afford to pay for my education. This scholarship offers financial support so that I do not have to worry about working too much, and I can focus on my academics and school involvement. By attending Coastal, I hope to set a great example for my younger brothers."

Del Castillo is an applied mathematics major and communication minor at CCU. He is a member of Coastal's Teaching Fellows Program, and his career goal is to become a high school mathematics teacher. Coastal is one of 13 institutions in the state identified as a Teaching Fellows Institution.

He also is pursuing a certificate in sustainability and is a member of Coastal’s Residence Hall Association, the American Sign Language Club and the Eco-Club.

"Coastal is a very friendly, accepting and judgment-free campus," Del Castillo said. "We are one big happy family. The staff looks out for the students' interests and is supportive of decisions made by students. Coastal provides a multitude of opportunities for our careers and interests."

Del Castillo previously attended Horry County Schools Early College High School and Horry Georgetown Technical College. He was valedictorian his senior year in high school and was involved with numerous clubs and organizations, including serving as student body president. Del Castillo has completed more than 400 hours of community service and service learning. He works part-time at Ripley's Aquarium to help pay for college.

TEAL 1000 is an initiative of I'M IN – The Endowment Campaign for Coastal Carolina University. To become a TEAL 1000 member or for more information, visit TEAL 1000 or contact Kim Causey Gomez in Coastal's Office for Philanthropy at kgomez@coastal.edu or 843-349-5038.

See more at: http://www.coastal.edu/coastal-now/news/news-article/index.php?id=4447#sthash.fT9IjbR8.dpuf

 

Local Contractor to Donate its Services to North Strand Housing Shelter 

Dec. 12, 2016 – Weaver Construction Services, an asphalt, concrete and drainage repair and maintenance contractor, is giving back this holiday season. From October 3 to November 18, the company welcomed all non-profit religious-based organizations located in Horry County to apply for up to $5,000 worth of their services. 

The recipient is North Strand Housing Shelter located in Longs, SC - a 501(c)3 who is "helping guests go from dependence to independence. An opportunity to rebuild character, integrity and sound spiritual values."

"We were excited to kick off this initiative. There were a lot of worthy candidates and the decision was not easy." said Jason Weaver, co-owner/chief estimator, “However, we're passionate about partnering with the team at the North Strand Housing Shelter and do just a small part in bettering the lives of the individuals and families in their care." 

The "Pavement Brothers" as they've been termed by customers, will assist with the North Strand Housing Shelter's goal of preparing concrete slabs to ultimately install a shed and playground for the children of the families who stay with them.  

"We are so grateful to Weaver Construction Services for their willingness to help with this project," said Dana Black, executive director of North Strand Housing Shelter. "We desperately need a safe place for the shelter children to play outside and to protect items from the weather."

The family-owned and operated construction company mainly serves large-scale communities and businesses all along the coastal Carolinas, but wanted to open the door to those that may have a need, but not enough funding to accomplish it.   

Carolina Trust Donates to American Red Cross 

Nov. 15, 2016 - Carolina Trust recently donated $3,000 to the Eastern South Carolina American Red Cross Chapter. The funds were used to help flood relief efforts in our community caused by Hurricane Matthew. The relief efforts included shelter, food, health services and other emergency and reconstruction assistance to those impacted. 

SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown Co gave back to a local Little River SC cancer survivor

Aug. 17, 2016 - SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown Co has a program called Creating Hope in which we as a company donate our time, materials and manpower to help someone each quarter that has suffered a sudden life altering and debilitating circumstance. 

This quarter we helped a Little River SC resident by the name of Dawn who had to undergo 6 months of cancer treatments in New Jersey to battle her disease. When she returned to SC she discovered that her home did not qualify for a home owner's insurance policy due to a lack of protecting railings and handrailings around her back porch and steps.  

Her insurance agent notified her of the SERVPRO Creating Hope program and nominated her to be our 3rd quarter recipient. Upon discussion we decided that her situation was exactly what the Creating Hope program was designed for and contacted Dawn ASAP. 

Carolina Trust Donates Van to Help4Kids 

June 7, 2016 – Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union recently traded its 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Van for a newer vehicle.  The Credit Union primarily used the van for courier and marketing event purposes. Rather than selling the van, the Credit Union wanted to find a non-profit that could really use it.   

Help4Kids relies on the hauling capacity a van affords when they deliver much needed food and supplies to children who may otherwise go without. The nonprofit organization was established in 1989 to provide basic necessities to children in Horry County who receive free school breakfast and lunch. Their motto is "Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off and neither do our volunteers." 

Help4Kids Director, Barbara Mains, and her devoted volunteers pack up over 3,000 snack packs each week to deliver to the schools and homes of children identified as being in need of weekend food.  The snack pack includes juice, soup, applesauce or pudding, cereal and other foods. Thanks to their teachers' help, Backpack Buddies is able to get these snack packs into the book bags of deserving children while the kids are away from class.  

Myrtle Beach Chrysler Jeep donated the final maintenance and cleaning of the vehicle and Digital Arts donated vehicle magnetic signs and a custom license plate. The magnetic signs display the Help4Kids logo and contact information to bring awareness to the organization as the van travels from school to school making anticipated deliveries. 

Two Area Students Receive Key Scholarship Award 

June 1, 2016 - For the 10th year, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Horry Telephone Cooperative Inc. (HTC) chose two graduating high school seniors to win $1,000 each in scholarship awards.  High school seniors from Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County planning to attend either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University were encouraged to apply. 

The 2016 Key Scholarship award winners are: HCS Early College High School graduate, Bailee Jordan and North Myrtle Beach High School graduate, Jason Hager.  This fall, Jordan plans to attend Coastal Carolina University and major in Health Administration, and Hager plans to attend Coastal Carolina University and major in Physical Therapy. 

Each winner receives $1,000 applied to the cost of first-year tuition. The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the recipients continue to meet qualifying criteria, which include maintaining a 3.00 GPA and full-time enrollment at either CCU or FMU. 

Application packets were distributed to high school guidance counselors and the scholarship opportunities were advertised on the Carolina Trust and HTC websites. The 2016 award recipients were scored as most qualified for the Key Scholarship based on completed application, academics, school and/or community involvement, household income, and school choice.  

Anderson Brothers Bank Donates Building to Marion County for Future Marion County Animal Shelter 

May 16, 2016 – Anderson Brothers Bank has donated one of their Mullins buildings, which is located at 501 E McIntyre Street, formally Old Mullins Lumber Company, to Marion County for future use by Marion County Animal Shelter. 

The 12,000 square foot building located on 6.37 acres was deeded to Marion County with plans for the structure to serve as its animal shelter. Current plans call for the building to be renovated and space to expand and accommodate the current animal shelters needs for more room and better environment for its occupants. In addition, the property has enclosed fencing around the rear to provide much needed space for turnouts or runs for its large dog population along with an existing shelter for additional expansions.  

Marion County’s current site is located on Hwy 76 between Mullins and Marion at 123 Cat and Dog Road.  

Anderson Brothers Bank Makes Donation to Vital Aging of Williamsburg County Inc. 

May 9, 2016— Anderson Brothers Bank made a $1,000.00 donation to Vital Aging of Williamsburg County Inc. to be used towards the purchase of a newer vehicle to ensure delivery of services to the county’s elderly community.   

The Vital Aging of Williamsburg County is a small charitable organization providing critical nutritional and aging service to low income senior citizens of Williamsburg County. Each week the agency provides meals to approximately 200 homebound seniors and operates three wellness centers (Hemingway, Kingstree & Greeleyville). The agency also provides information, referral and assistance to seniors at no charge. 

Given the large size of the county a heavy toll is placed daily on their vans. This donation will help the organization to purchase a newer van to replace one of its current vehicles that has logged in well over 180,000 miles. The organizations already strained resources had endured additional strains with the flooding last October with bridges and road closures which resulted in additional miles being logged in on their transportation program. 

Coldwell Banker Chicora Real Estate teams up with Miss Ruby’s Kids

Nov. 23, 2015 - On Nov. 14, 2015 Coldwell Banker Chicora Real Estate participated in the 4th Annual Miss Ruby’s Kitchen Tour and Craft Tour.  Miss Ruby’s Kids vision is that all children in Georgetown County will enter school prepared to learn, supported by their families, and will graduate from high school as productive citizens of their community.

Coldwell Banker Chicora Real Estate was proud to participate with this tour. One of our listing, 123 Wallace Pate Drive in Debordieu was part of the showcase. Lisa Chastie, a Georgetown Agent; along with Carl Baughn and the Home Owner were on site to guide the 300+ visitors through the tour. Lisa Chastie stated "That was the most amazing highlight of my career to show a house to over 300 people." 

Coldwell Banker Chicora Real Estate is dedicated to the communities that they serve and look forward to volunteering for Miss Ruby’s Kids again in the future.

Mercom Raises More Than $50,000 for Local South Carolina NonProfit

Nov. 5, 2015 - Mercom Corporation announced today that it raised $51,050 for local nonprofit Teach My People during its 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Caledonia Golf and Fish Club on Oct. 26, 2015. Samsung also donated 11 Chromebooks for the students and Dell donated several Venue Tablets.

Teach My People provides year round, high quality, organized programs that are spiritually driven and “no-cost” to families. Through the expertise of highly trained and educated staff, along with the loving support and dedication of over seventy community volunteers, Teach My People provides academic assistance, character development, physical activity, and cultural and spiritual enrichment to ensure that students succeed in school and in life.

Teach My People is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1999 and is governed by a board of directors consisting of long-standing community leaders and educators. Their mission is to teach children and youth in the Waccamaw school district to overcome academic, economic, and social challenges while impacting families through the delivery of services and programs that promote spiritual, educational, and emotional growth.

"Teach My People delivers a very specific need for the children of the Waccamaw Neck here in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where socioeconomic disadvantages are overcome by the support that Teach My People provides to their students. They have successfully impacted children's lives empowering them to be collegiately successful and contributing members of society. I'm proud to support such an organization that empowers the future of our children," said Stella Mercado, president/CEO.

Local Charities win big at 10th Annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival 

Sept. 10, 2015 - The tenth annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival, held Sept. 4-5, 2015, awarded $9,500 in cash prizes to grillers who competed in the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned official barbecue championship of South Carolina.

The overall grand champion was Smokin’ Skullies, who received $2,000, and the reserve grand champion and winner of $1,200, was Big Daddy Q.

"This is the second year for the Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival where the vast majority of teams, roughly 85 percent, were from outside of the Myrtle Beach area," said Amie Lee, president of Palmetto Event Productions. "I believe that speaks to the continued growth of both the competition and the event itself."

This year, there were several new community partners receiving donations from event proceeds, including Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Coastal Samaritan Center and the Community Kitchen. All of the ticket sales from the Friday wing competition, which totaled $3,000, will be donated to the HGTC Foundation, which helps award students with scholarship money and assistance with other tuition expenses. In appreciation for their volunteer support, Coastal Samaritan Center will be receiving an $800 donation. As in year’s past, the Shriner’s Hospital for Children will receive a donation from a portion of the food sales, this year totaling $1,500.

 

The festival was also approved to be a 250KCBS Meals Mission event, which aims to feed the homeless and the hungry in the U.S. by partnering with barbecue lovers from across the country, including volunteers, competitors and attendees at KCBS sanctioned events. The 2015 goal is 250,000 meals. Event organizers donated close to 200 pounds of pork butts to the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach, located off of Joe White Avenue. Their mission is to feed the hungry, homeless, and the poor, without regard to situation or condition, and meals and fellowship are provided at NO COST. Last month, over 8,500 meals were served there, with an average 275 people served daily.

Over 110 specialty cars registered in the Myrtle Beach Car Club Car Show at the festival Saturday, where over $1,300 was raised from registrations for their local charities. 

The 10th Annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival was sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, VisitMyrtleBeach.com, City of Myrtle Beach, OneMain Financial, Myrtle Beach Mobile and Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

RE/MAX Agents Help Fund Local Pediatric Treatment, Equipment, Programs

July 27, 2015 - As the fourth annual RE/MAX Month of Miracles kicks off this month, RE/MAX Southern Shores takes part in the national celebration, as its associates pledge to make a donation after each property sale. This is the 4th year RE/MAX Southern Shores has increased awareness for McLeod, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

"It's a priority for RE/MAX Southern Shores to give back to the community in which we live and work," said Mandy Fulford owner of RE/MAX Southern Shores. "One-hundred percent of the monies raised go toward life-saving treatments, medical equipment and valuable research, and it’s truly humbling to see their impact on our local friends and neighbors."

Throughout RE/MAX Southern Shores fundraising efforts, it has donated more than $59,349.18 to date through fundraisers such as themed events held in each office, a chili cook-off event last fall and donations made following the sale of each home in honor of the homeowner. 

RE/MAX Affiliates across the U.S. and Canada have raised more than $138 million for 170 member hospitals. RE/MAX Miracle Agents, Offices and Teams are dedicated supporters who pledge to make a donation after each closed transaction. Although funds are donated throughout the year, August serves as a reminder to  residents that healthy communities – and especially children - matter to RE/MAX Associates.
 

Two Area Students Receive Key Scholarship Award

June 8, 2015 – For the ninth year, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) chose two graduating high school seniors to win $1,000 each in scholarship awards. High school seniors from Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County planning to attend either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University were encouraged to apply.

The 2015 Key Scholarship award winners are: Early College High School graduate, Carlie Todd and Bread of Life Christian Academy graduate, Anna Grace Watts. This fall, Todd plans to attend Coastal Carolina University and major in Intelligence and National Security Studies, and Watts plans to attend Francis Marion University and major in Nursing.

"These exceptional students have juggled academics, part-time jobs and extracurricular or volunteer activities successfully," explained Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator.

Each winner receives $1,000 applied to the cost of first-year tuition.  The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the recipients continue to meet qualifying criteria, which include maintaining a 3.00 GPA and full-time enrollment at either CCU or FMU.

Application packets were distributed to high school guidance counselors and the scholarship opportunities were advertised on the Carolina Trust and HTC websites. The 2015 award recipients were scored as most qualified for the Key Scholarship based on completed application, academics, school and/or community involvement, household income, and school choice. 

 

According to Jennifer Grooms, Carolina Trust Marketing Director,"These awards are well deserved, and we’re proud of all the applicants who are planning to continue their education in an effort to achieve personal and professional goals."

 

Mercom Corporation Donates More Than $150,000 in 2014


Jan. 5, 2015 – Mercom Corporation and the Mercado family announced today that they donated over $150,000 to local organizations in 2014. They firmly believe in giving back with success.

Mercom was listed as 37th on Grant Thornton's South Carolina 100 in 2014, an annual ranking of the state’s largest privately owned companies in association with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Mercom was ranked number 2667 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 with three-year sales growth of 141%. This was the 8th year in a row that Mercom has made the Inc. 5000 list.

There were four significant recipients of the funds. Coastal Montessori Charter School, a free public school choice open to elementary school Georgetown County students and established on Montessori and charter philosophies, received $50,000. Teach My People, a non-profit organization that provides year round, high quality, organized programs that are spiritually driven to children at no-cost to their families, received $45,000. Lowcountry Preparatory School, a coeducational K-3 through 12th grade program that excels at preparing students for college, for leadership, and for life, received $35,000. Startup.SC brings state funds to the Grand Strand to build a technology startup community and received $25,000.

"Mercom gives back with education and technology. Our support for the local community, children's education, and STEM programs is recognizable and we want our growth and success to be synonymous with our financial contributions to these fruitful organizations," said Betsy Chewning, Marketing and Vendor Relations for Mercom Corp.

Mercy Care Offers Free Camp for Kids Coping With Loss

Feb. 5, 2015 - Camp Happy Hearts, a free camp for children coping with loss, will be 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Christ United Methodist Church, 2901 Fantasy Way in Myrtle Beach.

The camp, offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care, is open to children ages 5-17 who have lost someone through death, deployment, abandonment or any other circumstances where a loved one or even pet is no longer in a child's life.

Camp Happy Hearts' purpose is to allow children to laugh and play with others who have also experienced loss. The day includes horseback riding, inflatable rides, games, crafting and other fun activities. Bubbles to Heaven is a short ceremony that gives campers the opportunity to honor someone lost. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Registration is required. For more information or to register your child, contact Tom Badurski at 842-331-2212 or email tbadurski@mercyhospice.org.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care is the oldest, community-based, nonprofit hospice in Horry County. For more than 30 years, it has provided the highest quality care to patients and families dealing with advanced illnesses. Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care serves Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. For more information, call 843-848-6480 or visit mercyhospice.org or facebook.com/mercycare.

Carolina Trust Donates to Help4Kids Vienna Sausage Campaign

Sept. 22, 2014 - Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union collected donations over the summer for the Help4Kids Vienna Sausage Campaign at our Myrtle Beach, Conway, and Surfside Beach branches. Help4Kids is a local non-profit organization in Horry County that provides meals and supplies to children who otherwise would go without. Their motto is "Hunger doesn't take the weekend off and neither do our volunteers."

Carolina Trust collected over 2,000 cans of Vienna Sausages, hundreds of juice boxes, pudding cups, beanie weenies and crackers, as well as school supplies. Thanks to these contributions, school children will be better prepared for the upcoming school year.

Help4Kids was very thankful for the items collected. "Help4Kids would like to thank Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union for holding a school supply and food drive benefiting Backpack Buddies. The response of customers and employees was overwhelming at all four locations. It's the generosity of donors like you that allow us to feed Horry County's hungry children!"

Lighthouse Project Provides a Brighter Place for Mmebers of the The CLUB - Teen Center, Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach

June 19, 2014 - The summer program at The CLUB - Teen Center kicked off on June 10, 2014, with a new look. Volunteers from BB&T Puckett, Scheetz and Hogan teamed up with The Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand to make improvements to The CLUB - Teen Center on Carver Street. Over 50 volunteers from BB&T Puckett, Scheetz and Hogan as well as Full Steam Ahead made this possible by working on renovations to the facility and donating approximately 160 volunteer hours during the week of June 2nd. Throughout the week, community volunteers added a partition, shelving, and painted the interior to give the club a fresh new look. Earlier in the year, the teen members request to transform their club into a café.

"We wanted to work with the Boys & Girls Club because of the great service they provide for our Myrtle Beach community," said Carol Burroughs, agency manager. "We're proud to team up with them and help in any way we can."

The BB&T volunteers are taking part in the company's sixth annual Lighthouse Project. The teams throughout BB&T have each selected a project to assist a nonprofit agency to complete during May or June to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. BB&T hopes their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand.

Dione Buonto, interim executive director, "Support from the community is a vital part of our existence, and shows our youth and teen members that the community at large cares about their success."

"We at FSA were excited when asked by BB & T Puckett, Scheetz, and Hogan to partner on physical repairs and enhancements to the interior of the Boys and Girls Club," explained Mark Ousley of FSA Full Steam Ahead. The partnership included BB & T Puckett, Scheetz, and Hogan, Carr Construction, C & M Drywall, and Sherwin Williams along with FSA. "It was such a great experience working together with all these talented people to benefit the youth in our community."

Carolina Trust Donates $3,200 to March of Dimes®

May 13, 2014 - For the past nine years, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union has participated in the annual March of Dimes® March for Babies fundraiser. This year, CTFCU raised money through the sales of World's Finest Chocolate Bars at each of their six branch locations. These sales, along with a credit union donation, enabled Carolina Trust to contribute $3,200 to the March of Dimes charity: $1,750 to the Pee Dee Division and $950 to the Greater Lake City Division.

Carolina Trust team walkers participated in the Pee Dee Division's March for Babies Walk on May 10. The three-mile walk began at the Pelicans baseball stadium and continued through Broadway at the Beach. The Lake City March for Babies Walk was May 3. Carolina Trust donated bottled water to both events.

Free Program Helps Local Women in Cancer Treatment "Look Good... Feel Better"

March 20, 2014 - Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation as parts of a cancer treatment plan are encouraged to attend Coastal Cancer Center's next "Look Good... Feel Better" session on Monday, April 14.

Co-hosted with the American Cancer Society, the free two-hour session will take place from 2-4 p.m. at Coastal Cancer Center's Myrtle Beach office, located at 8121 Rourk St. near Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

The collaborative program between Coastal Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society teams up local cosmetology professionals with area women in cancer treatment to help them better understand changes to their nails, hair and skin while undergoing treatment.

Cosmetologists will guide participants through make-up application, turban styling and wig care during the session. All women in attendance will receive complimentary make-up kits.

Women in cancer treatment or within six months before or after having treatments can register by calling 1-800-227-2345.

CMC Foundation Receives Gift from Tanger Outlet Centers

Jan. 7, 2014 - As part of Tanger Outlet Center's national PinkStyle Campaign, Tanger Outlet Centers Myrtle Beach recently donated $26,760 to Conway Medical Center Foundation's Mammography Initiative.

CMC Foundation's Mammography Initiative was developed in 2005 to assist disadvantaged women in the Conway Medical Center service area who cannot financially obtain necessary health screenings such as mammograms and other clinical breast examinations.

CMC Foundation was chosen as one of the recipients to receive proceeds from the sale of coupons during Tanger's 20th Annual Pink STYLE campaign, which took place this past September and October. For every $5 donation, Tanger customers received a 25 percent bonus savings TangerStyle Pink Card. "The CMC Mammography Initiative exists because of businesses in the community like Tanger. Their continued support has enabled us to provide assistance to hundreds of women each year," states executive director for CMC Foundation, Berns Massey.

With the donation from Tanger Outlet Centers CMC Foundation's Mammography Initiative, along with discounts provided by the hospital and radiologists, over 350 women in Horry County received 752 mammography related services in 2013.

Carolina Trust Donates to Local Charities During Holiday Season

Jan. 6, 2014 - During the holiday season, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union branches collected donations for six local charities in the community: The Horry County Teens and Infants Shelter Home, the Center for Women and Children, Fostering Hope, Coastal Animal Rescue, The Salvation Army, the Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Foundation and the Caring and Sharing Group of Hemingway. Along with donated items, Carolina Trust raised a total of $960.94 through member donations and a small donation from Carolina Trust. It was evident from all the generous donations that both members and staff embraced the Christmas spirit and the Credit Union's philosophy of People Helping People.