By Rev. Roy Butler, South Carolina Synod Disaster Team

give-nowIf you are feeling like you have been here before in the wake of Hurricane Matthew you are not alone. Almost to the day of Hurricane Joaquim’s visitation to South Carolina, Matthew rolls in with a vengeance leaving several areas devastated by wind and water. From Beaufort, Jasper and Florence County’s wind torn landscape to the areas of Dillon, Nichols and points east who endured the perils of flood from the overflow of the Lumber, Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers there are many struggling to rebuild their lives and seeking refuge from the chaos of the storm.

There is much to be done. As Lutherans we have always been committed to long term ministry, to entering into the struggles and suffering of our many sisters and brothers as called by Christ. Needs are great in many areas, those mentioned above and others. Now we can help greatly by providing much needed basic items for survival until those affected are able to recover, at least partially.

Therefore we have asked the following to serve as collection points for non-perishable food items, paper products, cleaning supplies and baby items (diapers, wipes, etc.). Please contact each location for drop off times–

Bethel Lutheran Church
2081 Dutch Fork Road
White Rock, SC

Mount Tabor Lutheran Church
1000 B Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 796-5948

Reformation Lutheran Church
1118 Union Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Saint Luke Lutheran Church
1201 Cherokee Road
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 662-4622

Cross and Crown Lutheran Church
3123 West Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29501

Shepherd of the Sea
2637 HWY 17 Business South
Garden City, SC 29576
(843) 651-7377

Monetary donations are also welcome. You may give online at or by clicking the “Give” link at the top of

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