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May 19, 2020

Acts of Kindness

A mantra of the coronavirus pandemic is “we are all in this together.” Although we may be 6 feet apart, this phrase connects us all during this devasting coronavirus pandemic. We're honored to share positive stories of our community finding ways to help each other. Reaching out matters a lot. Thank you for your acts of kindness. Share your story with the community! Send details and photos to AskUs@VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

HTC DonationsHTC Partners With Local Businesses to Donate More Than 1 Ton of Food

HTC partnered with A&A Produce and Carolina Food Service to donate 2,430 pounds of food to Help4Kids. The donation was made as part of the HTC Helping the Community initiative to support families, small business and charitable organizations facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help4Kids is stepping up to provide meals for students who typically rely on food distributions from schools. The donation from HTC, A&A Produce and Carolina Food Service included fresh produce, meat, and nonperishable items.

Help4Kids plans to support children and families throughout our community through September. The organization is a 100% volunteer-based group that relies solely on donations. Learn about the food and supplies needed to carry the group through the summer distribution period from the Help4Kids website.



Food DistributionFood Distribution

Dozens of volunteers packed boxes of food this week at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, all part of a massive food distribution effort to help families affected by COVID-19 closings. The United Way of Horry County, Impact Ministries and other partners donated the food and organized this second distribution. More than 500 families benefitted from the event, with each car receiving two boxes of food. Special thanks to US Foods, A+A Produce and others who donated items for the giveaway. The line of cars stretch around the Convention Center and out onto Oak Street and 21st Avenue North.  


HTC Supports Loris Nonprofit With Fresh Produce Delivery

HTC partnered with a local produce company to delivery more than 400 pounds of fruits and vegetables to the Kingston Lake Education and Business Center in Loris. As the local economy begins to reopen, HTC recognizes many neighbors and small businesses need backing now more than ever.

To support the Kingston Lake Education and Business Center in its mission to help feed seniors and families in Loris and throughout Horry County, HTC delivered fresh food from Stevens Farms Produce. The delivery included tomatoes, squash, peaches and other locally grown produce.

The Kingston Lake Education and Business Center offers a free food distribution program every Friday. The food is boxed and distributed in a drive-thru style process to maintain social distancing while supporting the community. Each box contains fresh fruit, vegetables, assorted breads, cakes pastries, meals in a box, along with an assortment of canned goods and meats when available.

Eastern Carolina Housing Organization

Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) would like to express appreciation to community members, Amanda Masterpaul of Liberation City, and Shawn Robey and Crystal Geldes of Paramount Social Movement, for their support with our targeted COVID-19 outreach efforts.

Amanda, Crystal and Shawn helped procure much-needed hand sanitizer for the outreach bags that ECHO distributed to our community members experiencing homelessness.

In addition, Amanda has partnered alongside ECHO in a collaborative effort entitled, Liberation City. Liberation City is an organizing campaign centering performance with and for impacted communities in order to elevate community-centered social, political and economic solutions for youth homelessness.

Wendy MartinEastern Carolina Housing Organization

Wendy Martin is a shining star at Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) and an inspiring example of community service, especially during these challenging times. 

Wendy joined the ECHO family as a volunteer last summer, supporting a telephone-based outreach project. Wendy is now a full-time volunteer and is ever busy managing the ECHO Donation Center (that she created), and connecting with community members to gather and deliver much-needed donations including household items, furniture and food. 

One day she picked up 28 food boxes to provide for people who have recently experienced homelessness. And another day, Wendy helped move a family of five that had been living in their car into a home of their own. She was careful to practice social distancing when she delivered the donated food, beds, furniture and kitchen supplies to the grateful mother and her four young children. “It’s so important for people to move into a place that feels like a home,” Wendy says.

When asked what she finds most meaningful about her work at ECHO, Wendy said, “I’m grateful that I get to help make some people’s lives a little bit easier. It’s wonderful to feel so connected to my community, and I’m constantly amazed by the gratitude and warmth from the people we help – even when they’re experiencing a crisis.”   

Beach Church

  • Given around 100 Walmart gift cards to those in need of food, supplies, gas, etc.
  • Sewn masks for people to be out in public for work or necessities
  • Provided lunch from a locally owned restaurant to workers at area Food Lion and Walmart locations
  • Helped pay utility bills
  • Giving 10% of our offerings directly to COVID-19 relief in our local area. With your generosity, we can help a lot of people. Please give.
  • On Friday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. hosting a drive-thru food distribution at the church in partnership with Faith Outreach Ministries and Lowcountry Food Bank. Minimal contact is needed. People can just drive up and we’ll hand them a box of food. 

Beach Church is here to help. Please let them know how they can help

Pirate's Table Calabash Seafood Buffet

Pirate’s Table Calabash Seafood Buffet

To help support the community through Covid-19, Pirate's Table Calabash Seafood Buffet served free meals for two with fried fish, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, french fries and dessert. The restaurant, at 1100 Water Avenue in Surfside, served approximately 1,000 meals.







Meals on WheelsMeals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Horry County is a Christ-led outreach serving the homebound, elderly and terminally ill with hot meals made daily.

Meals on Wheels serves an incredibly vulnerable population and is often the primary lifeline delivering so much more than just a meal, especially in uncertain times. The modest meals are crucial for those who receive them. Many are hungry, isolated, and living in or near poverty. Along with a monetary donation, Congressman Tom Rice made the rounds with staff of Meals on Wheels to deliver hot meals throughout Horry County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today I had the opportunity to deliver meals with Meals on Wheels. Tomorrow I’ll be in Pee Dee to deliver more meals! Meals on Wheels (MOW) serves an extremely vulnerable population, such as seniors who are home bound and may not know where their next meal is coming from. Local Meals on Wheels programs are working tirelessly to adapt to the rapid changing of this pandemic, deliver meals safely, and meet the demand for service.

“I started a little initiative to help, so that we are able to make a difference. I ask that any business that may be in the position to help to step up. So far my campaign has donated $25,000, Walmart $20,000, Tucker Lumber $5,000 and Anderson Brothers Bank $2,500 for a total of $52,500!! I’m so very grateful to these companies for working with us, and would love to continue to add names to this list!”

To volunteer for meal delivery and kitchen assistance, call 843-970-2330, ext. 3. Meals on Wheels of Horry County is privately funded through donations and fundraisers. To make a monetary donation, visit their website.

New Directions of Horry County

New Directions of Horry County is thankful for generous donations from ...

Belin UMC delivered a carload of supplies, including toilet paper and lunch for our 15 team members who were still at work every day at New Directions of Horry County.

Dr. Jeanne Fourrier had 76 pizzas delivered for all of our shelters for lunch over two days.

Molina Healthcare donated $1,000 for food and other kitchen shortfalls.

Beach Church delivered nearly a pallet of snacks for our 15 children who are all being homeschooled under one roof, as well as the little ones who are not in school yet.

Wellspring Church came to our rescue and delivered games so we could start a game library for our men clients who no longer have a job and those whose case management progress came to a complete but temporary stop.

Tanger Outlets staff is made "bags of goodies" for our women who are in the same situation as our men.

Sunrise Rotary and Carolina Forest Rotary are working with us to restock our kitchens with food.

Alabama Theatre Says Thank You to Medical Workers

Alabama Theatre thanks the medical workers for all they are doing to keep us healthy and safe.



Twelve 33 Distillery

Twelve 33 Distillery has donated more than 150 gallons of hand sanitizer to first responders and our local community, including the Horry County Sheriff’s Office





Food Donation


Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Horry-Georgetown Technical College donated all unused food items on the Conway and Grand Strand campuses. The donation was in response to the Patricia Grand Hotel’s efforts to collect and provide leftover food for families seriously in need in Horry County. The College Student Food Service Department provided items such as bread, meat, chips, and drinks that will be delivered to those who desperately need it as the pandemic continues to affect so many who are suffering after losing their jobs. 




Food Donation


Myrtle Beach Bowl

Thanks to volunteers - family members, Church of the Resurrection members, New Beginnings board members and others who saw it on Facebook and came to help at the Myrtle Beach Bowl Hosts mass food distribution. And thanks to Hazel, who had car issues and parked in the lot next to us and worked the entire program with us. We hosted 400 families which represented 2,351 people. The food was all supplied and paid for by the Low Country Food Bank.


Tanger Outlets

Since the animal shelters have shared that they are overwhelmed with surrendered animals, the employees at Tanger Outlets have rallied and are collecting items to deliver to the animal shelters. They are also filling backpacks with food, snacks, games, books, etc. for children in the area – New Directions,  Horry County Schools and CMCF BackPack Buddies.


HGTC Donations


Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Horry-Georgetown Technical College donated personal protective equipment supplies such as gloves, isolation gowns, masks, and surgical caps to several local health care facilities. Conway Medical Center, Grand Strand Medical Center Emergency, Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital, McLeod Health, National Health Care, Pruitt Health Nursing Home, and Tidelands Health received supplies from the college to help address the shortage presented by the unexpected demands of the coronavirus outbreak. 






MasterTech Environmental

The team at MasterTech performed a soil load removal cleaning on all touch points and applied a hospital grade disinfectant to help with the spread of any virus and bacteria. They also gave a deep clean to the carpets of our service vehicles at the Horry County Sheriff’s Office. Read More

City of Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach city employees contributed $5,030 to the United Way of Horry County. The donations were part of a one-time effort by city staff to collect cash and canned food to help out with emergency needs here in Horry County. That’s called “first in service!”

Horry County DSS

South Carolina Department of Social Services has four offices across Horry County and 100 plus employees. Due to COVID-19, their offices are closed to the public. Most of the staff are essential employees and are in and out of homes to assure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. DSS also has 30 plus staff in their offices across the county that are interviewing needy clients by phone and processing food assistance(SNAP) benefits to hundreds of people each day. As COVID-19 has affected business’s, many people are laid off from jobs due to the virus. As these citizens apply for unemployment and wait for approval, they are in need of food. DSS staff continues to work each day by going into the office and to the homes to serve 100s of families and children. They are risking their own health and their families health to serve the citizens of South Carolina.    




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