COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Volunteers in the Midlands were packing food for shelters ahead of Florence at Harvest Hope earlier today.
Their goal was to pack 500 bags that will be distributed to shelters across South Carolina.
"We know and we have seen the faces of those people in the community that have lost everything how something as simple as a box or a roll of toilet paper can bring a smile to someone's face," Disaster Manager for Harvest hope Mary Louise Resch said.
In the last three years, Harvest hope has donated 8.4 million dollars worth of disaster response and recovery in South Carolina.
They say preparing early for what's to come is key.
Regina brown/ volunteer with Harvest Hope: "Don't wait until the storm is hitting two hours from now to say oh I've got to get something start preparing today," said Harvest Hope volunteer Regina Brown
They have been working with corporate donors and major suppliers to make sure they can get supplies in before or immediately after the storm to make sure needs are met.