How you can help flood victims

Published: Oct. 6, 2015 at 1:47 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As thousands of people in the Midlands have suffered damage or loss from the flooding, just as many want to know how they can help.

Here is a list of agencies that are helping flood victims and their contact information.

To volunteer or donate:

United Way of the Midlands

American Red Cross or call 211

To donate:

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Salvation Army

South Carolina Baptist Convention

Operation Blessing

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Shandon Baptist Church, or drop off donations of money, food, water and baby items at 5250 Forest Drive, Columbia

Christian Assistance Bridge or drop off donations of money, food and water at 126 Blythewood Road, Blythewood SC

City of Hope Worship Center is accepting donations of water, non-perishable food, diapers, wipes, clothing, personal hygiene items from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. at 1403 D Avenue, West Columbia.

Columbia Fire Department is accepting food and water donations at its station at 1901 Harden Street.

Also, numerous churches and community service organizations may also be collecting items to help flood victims. Contact your local church or community organization if you want to help.

Bottled water is being accepted at distribution centers throughout Richland County. Here is a list of locations:

  • Columbia Metro Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln Street
  • Walmart at 5420 Forest Drive
  • 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard
  • Corner of Landmark Drive and Forest Drive
  • Elmwood Avenue Church of God at 1427 Elmwood Avenue
  • Dutch Square Mall
  • Midlands Shopping Center, 2638 Two Notch Road

The South Carolina Department of Emergency Management has a list of resources to send donations.

The South Carolina Secretary of State's Office encourages people to make sure they are donating to legitimate charities. Click here for a link to the Secretary of State's list of approved charities.

You can also donate to the American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit or call 1-800 RED-CROSS.

If your organization is conducting a collection effort and needs help coordinating with distribution, click here for resources or contact the United Way of the Midlands by calling 211.

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If you have an organization that you think should be added to this list, click here to send an email.

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