Hurricane Florence roared away from the Grand Strand and thankfully did minimal damage to our beautiful coastline. However, the massive storm dumped more than 11 trillion gallons of water on North and South Carolina, and much of that water has made its way to some of our communities. Florence the Flood arrived quietly and filled many of our beautiful neighborhoods with silently destructive water. Early estimates show that more than 1,000 homes have been flooded, and many will not be saved. Several of these homeowners do not have flood insurance, and all who were affected by this terrible disaster will need all the help they can get.

If you’ve been wondering what you can do to help, check out the list below. Whether you decide to enjoy a great event, purchase t-shirts, donate items, volunteer, or make a cash contribution, there are plenty of opportunities. Know that your efforts will be greatly appreciated by the greater Myrtle Beach community.

Through Thursday, September 27

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse. All dinner buffets are $26.95 Sunday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept.27. Rioz will donate $5.00 per dinner to a local hurricane relief fund.

Through Sunday, October 7

Broadway at the Beach will be collecting donations for Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to assist in the storm and flood relief efforts in our area. Drop off items daily between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Guest Services.

Grand Strand Magazine is partnering with Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to collect supplies for flood relief victims. Please drop off items at the Grand Strand Magazine office, 4717 Jenn Dr., Ste. 102, Myrtle Beach, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Thanks to Grand Strand Magazine for providing information on the following events.

Thursday, September 27

SC Strong Run/Walk at Black Dog Running. On Thursday Sept. 27, Black Dog Running will be hosting a group run/walk from the store at 6:30 p.m. The run/walk will be a 1 to 4-mile option. Black Dog will provide food and refreshments for all participants. 15 overall raffle prizes (items include shoes, apparel packages, accessory packages, electronics and local race entries) totaling over $2,000 retail. *$5 donation gets you 2 raffle tickets; *$10 donation gets you 5 raffle tickets; *$20 donation gets you 12 raffle tickets! Several silent auction items up for bid from some great local businesses. 100% of all donations and silent auction proceeds will go to the ONE SC Fund. The ONE SC Fund is a fundraising effort that helps South Carolinians who are recovering from a state-declared disaster. If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to donate, go to https://yourfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/wqjhij41ijpnnr

Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 30

Starting September 27, you can help those in need who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. Grab the family and enjoy a wonderful time on the beach! By patronizing the participating businesses in the downtown area, a percentage of your purchase will go to the Waccamaw Community Foundation to help local hurricane victims. (Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation)

  • Jerusalem Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
  • 8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill
  • Oceanfront Bar And Grill...
  • Peaches Corner
  • Hifi Coffee Bar
  • Atlas Tap House
  • Madmyrtles Ice Creamery
  • ART Burger • Sushi • Bar
  • Burger Paradise
  • Iggy's On The Board Walk
  • RipTydz
  • New York Pizza
  • Red Hot Shoppe
  • Good Day Cafe
  • Moe Moons
  • Maryland Fried Chicken
  • Myrtle Beach Fries
  • Beach House Bar & Grill
  • Tin Roof Myrtle Beach
  • Boardwalk Coffee House
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Family Kingdom Amusement Park
  • Fun Plaza
  • Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides
  • Nightmare Haunted House
  • Boardwalk Beachwear
  • Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
  • University Rock and Roll
  • SkyWheel (Myrtle Beach)
  • The Bowery
  • The Noizy Oyster
  • Gordo's Tacos & Tequila
  • Duffy's at The Bowery
  • The Chemist - Craft Cocktails and Modern Cuisine

Friday, September 28

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Blood Drive. Hosted with the American Red Cross, come give blood in the chamber parking lot Friday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The need is even greater following the devastation from Hurricane Florence, which caused the cancellation of thousands of planned drives. You can schedule an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org. If you can't donate blood, please consider making a financial contribution. Pizza will be provided by Domino's. The chamber is located at 1200 N. Oak St.in Myrtle Beach.

Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29

Lakewood Grillers Cup. This BBQ cook-off offers up delicious food and fun. Proceeds from the event benefit Backpack Buddies Horry County, a local non-profit that works to eliminate hungry children by sending home self-serve food designed to be put in a backpack for children in need to take home over the weekend. Kids need these meals more than ever in the wake of the hurricane. Tasting tickets will be $1. Opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Lakewood Camping Resort at 5901 S. Kings Hwy. Call (843) 447-7383.

Saturday, September 29

Hurricane Florence disaster relief benefit hosted by Empire Sports Bar & Grill, 2551 Highway 17, Little River, South Carolina 29566. Empire Sports Bar is now accepting donations for hurricane Florence victims. The affected residents are in need of cleaning supplies, bleach, toilet paper, baby wipes, diapers and personal hygiene items. You can stop by and drop any of the above items between 12 pm-1 am. The benefit will be September 29 at 2 pm-till? We as communities need to reach out and give each other a helping hand and stick together in this tough time. Please feel free to donate any time before the event on the 29th.

Sunday, September 30

Pedal for a Cause, East Coast BrewBoat and Three Ring Focus. Three Ring Focus is teaming up with the East Coast BrewBoat to help those affected in our community by Hurricane Florence. On Sunday, Sept. 30, the BrewBoat in Murrells Inlet will be offering 50-minute cruises for only $15 every 30 minutes from noon to 6:30 p.m. Every penny made from each cruise will go to help flood victims in Conway. To book your cruise, please head to BrewBoatSC.com/Book-Now.

Friday, October 5

Gray Sky Revival is teaming up with Hard Rock Cafe to help those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. We will be doing a food drive (non-perishables food items will be collected at the event. We encourage everyone to bring an item to donate) and there will be raffles with some great prizes to be given away. Proceeds will be going to Community Kitchen and Helping Hand. We will also be accepting donations for #CAREolinas a hurricane relief effort created by Discover SC and Visit NC. 100% of those donations go to hurricane relief for the Carolinas through One SC and the NC Disaster Relief Fund. Please check out their website to learn more.

The shirts we receive through your donations to #CAREolinas will also be donated to those in need.
Plus, Gray Sky Revival will be rockin the Hard Rock stage throughout the evening.

Friday, October 5

Hurricane Benefit Concert at Belin Memorial UMC's Family Life Center: The Harbor Worship Team will be performing a concert for hurricane and flood relief. Admittance is free, and all donations will benefit victims of Hurricane Florence. 7 PM. Belin Memorial UMC's Family Life Center, 4182 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, (843) 651-5099. Please contact Scott Lewis at scottl@belinumc.org for additional details.

Wednesday, October 17

Blood Drive at Celebration Presbyterian Church. Due to the hurricane, blood supplies are low. Drop by on the day of the event or sign up for a time at redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time. Celebration is location in the heart of Carolina Forest at 2300 Carolina Forest Blvd. Call Cecilia Evans at (843) 520-6069 for more info.

Saturday, November 3

Blood Drive at Celebration Presbyterian Church. Fall on Broadway will feature performances by some of your favorite local artists with songs from Grease, Mamma Mia and many more. There will also be a silent auction and raffles throughout the evening. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit Celebration's ministries and Hurricane Florence relief. Call (843) 903-0308 for tickets. Located at 2300 Carolina Forest Blvd.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

#CarolinaStrong T-shirts:

United Way of Horry County, along with CCU, Fanatics and the Waccamaw Community Foundation are proud to offer #CarolinaStrong t-shirts with 100% proceeds benefiting the local Waccamaw VOAD. To order a crew cut shirt, click here. To order a v-neck shirt, click here.

Rise Above the Storm T-shirts:

Native Sons is selling an "Florence Survivor” T-shirt for $20, with $10 going to hurricane relief in North Carolina and South Carolina. Order them here: http://shop.nativesons.com/products/hurricaneflorence

One SC Fund:

The One SC Fund was created by former Governor Nikki Haley in the aftermath of the historic flooding of 2015 and has helped with the recovery with Hurricane Matthew and now Hurricane Florence. Since November of 2015, the One SC Fund has distributed over $3.4 million and has provided food and clothing to over 19,600 people and has helped 1633 families return home. Online donations can be made with a credit card at www.OneSCFund.org. Donors can also mail a check to the Central Carolina Community Foundation One SC Fund to 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213, Columbia, S.C. 29204. Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803-254-5601 with questions.

Want to volunteer?

If you wish to volunteer your services or make a donation during this difficult time, contact VOAD, the Waccamaw Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters. Call (843) 915-5908 or visit disasterhelp.me to learn how you can help.  Items accepted include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, non-perishable foods, paper products and baby items.

Flood Relief Efforts and How You Can Help

Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) is collecting supplies for flood relief victims - see list of needed items and where to donate on the website. To volunteer or to make monetary donations, go to disasterhelp.me or call (843) 918-5908.