Our town, our coast, and our islands that we so dearly love. We are all hurting right now, we are anxious, we are scared, we are angry, and we are saddened. But we are strong. We are South Carolina strong! Our brothers and sisters are also strong in bordering states. We can do this!
I posted yesterday about cyber bullying that has been occurring but the reality is, kindness is really the theme now on the coast. I am blown away by the acts of kindness that are pouring in. So how about we tuck all of those negative posts away in the history bank and focus on the good. I am sharing acts of kindness that I have seen on social media, and those shared with me. We NEED to see more.
Keep sharing! I will continue posting!
I’ll start with our neighborhood. A few of the men on our street that have stayed are turning off gas lanterns and sprinklers for neighbors. One kind soul brought up sentimental Christmas ornaments for a neighbor from their garage because they had already left and the storm had strengthened. That same neighbor boarded up doors for neighbors that had left. Another gentleman moved items around in his garage to park a neighbor’s car. Home locations with generators are being shared for those who may need power during the storm.
There are numerous patrons driving around looking for abandoned pets and taking them into their homes. Hundreds have commented and donated supplies for these pets.
In a nearby neighborhood, a mom requested online for baked goods and snacks to take to the Mount Pleasant Armory. She received numerous donations from other moms, and also received donations from Harris Teeter and Chik-Fila.
A nurse practitioner on another site let people know she was staying and she would treat patients and help during the hurricane.
“I just picked up a lady and her two girls walking to meet a bus to get to an evacuation center. They had a puppy they didn’t want to leave. There is a shelter in N Charleston that allows pets but they must have crates. I went to Walmart to buy them a crate but Walmart is out. I bought the last soft sided pet carrier and hope that will do. Maybe if you know someone who needs a crate to evacuate or have one to borrow or give post it here? It could save a life.” Many crates and dog food were dropped at the shelters following her post!
“My family and I evacuated on Wednesday around the evacuation time. We followed the evacuation route. Not sure where we were but about 2 hours into the ride we stopped at a gas station to use the restroom and to pick up snacks. The lady behind the counter asked if we were evacuating from the charleston area we said yes (in my mind I was thinking it must be obvious that we are not from around here). After ringing up our purchase she told us it was paid for already. I don’t know by who but it really touched me. Along our travels we have found people to generally be very kind and sympathetic.”
Another Lowcountry resident: “I was in Dallas for work when they called the evacuation. I changed my flight and flew into Greenville leaving my husband and daughter to ready the house and meet me in the upstate.
Fortunately… My sweet friend and nearby neighbor went over and secured rocking chairs, hanging baskets, etc. She has texted me several times as she has been driving by and checking on a few houses for us. She texted me today to say they are securing themselves in their house and will be in touch when it is all over. It is a true act is selflessness and kindness. I love my Daniel Island neighbors 💕”
Our friend owns a local business and out of the kindness of his heart, he boarded up 18 homes in 3 days.
The Ace Hardware in Mount Pleasant opened this morning after they got a truck delivery of flashlights and batteries last night. All of the employees that were working there this morning all volunteered to help sell the stuff that was from the truck. Several people will have light during the storm if charleston loses power because of them.
Last for the day, but certainly not the least. A lady from St. Matthews owns 200 acres of land with 50 acres fenced for horses and cows. She opened up her property for animals, campers, and even offered to provide round pens. The best part, she offered to drive to Charleston and haul out the animals, free of charge.
If you take anything from this post, it is to love your neighbor and keep the acts of kindness going. We are about to face a very difficult event and need to pull together! South Carolina Strong!