A dollar for victims of storms, a dollar for home

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Our community continues to respond to the devastating hurricanes that have impacted many, especially in Texas and Florida.

Energy Solutions is collecting donations for victims. Items requested include: diapers/wipes, adult diapers, formula, bottled water, hand sanitizer, trash bags, first aid supplies, toiletries, paper products, pet supplies, new bed pillows and blankets, and new socks. Also requested are clean-up kits such as a 5-gallon bucket filled with cleaning supplies and sealed with a lid. The items will help people in a yet-to-be-determined area that was impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Jefferson Davis Academy student Blake Pritchard is collecting a variety of school supplies for a kindergarten class she’s adopted in Houston, Texas.

Individuals and groups are donating to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and a variety of good organizations which are helping the people of those areas begin the long task of rebuilding their lives.

We encourage residents to support these endeavors because it’s important to help those who are hurting.

However, let us also remember that there are plenty of people in need of our help right here at home.

The Axis 1 food bank constantly needs donations of food and money, especially with a growing demand for assistance. The Barnwell County Animal Shelter (55 Diamond Road, Barnwell) always can use supplies and is currently in need of dog food (Pedigree or Purina is preferred). Local schools always need volunteers, including for mentoring and reading buddies programs. The United Way coordinates with a variety of organizations who provide needed services.

We just don’t want those organizations here at home to suffer while we send heartfelt support to disaster ravaged areas.

All we ask is that as you shop for the hurricane victims, please consider buying a bag or at least a few items for local charities and organizations as well. Maybe send $2 off and give $1 to a local charity.

Your donations may not get the national spotlight but they will feed the hungry, clothe the needy and assist those whose lives are just as ravaged as wind-torn victims.