MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce's canned food drive collected over 31,000 canned goods and bottles of water to assist South Carolina residents affected by the recent flooding.

All the items were delivered to Churches Assisting People in Conway on Oct. 21, 2015.

Additionally, over 500 bottles of water were donated by the Big South Conference.

"We are grateful for the many volunteers and Myrtle Beach area businesses who came together to make this canned food drive such an overwhelming success," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "The Myrtle Beach area is known for showing true southern hospitality to our visitors year in and year out. That same hospitality was shown, in abundance, to our neighbors both along the Grand Strand and throughout the state of South Carolina who were affected by the recent flooding. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them as they move forward."

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will continue collecting food and non-monetary donations throughout the end of October at the chamber welcome centers.

Other Myrtle Beach area organizations are also accepting food and monetary donations. For information on how and where you can donate, visit