MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – More than 800 people are homeless in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, and the majority of those are in Horry County, according to one count, according to the Myrtle Beach Area Homelessness Coalition.
On Sunday, the owner of a local business decided to do something to help.
“It’s great to see the community support their neighbors so much,” said Jamie Seabolt, owner of MOPS Cut.
Seabolt is new to the Myrtle Beach area, but that doesn’t stop it from donating it to those in need.
“I didn’t have any friends or family when I moved here, so I know that feeling, and I don’t want anyone to have the same feeling on Christmas,” he said.
With the help of the community, Seabolt is raising funds to set up toiletry kits for the homeless.
“Basic food is always available for the homeless, but toiletries such as soap, shampoos, conditioners are more difficult to obtain,” he said.
On Sunday, Seabolt hosted the first of two events; a bowling show, in partnership with the Myrtle Beach Bowl.
“The homeless need help,” said Larry Nowak, Managing Partner of the Myrtle Beach Bowl. “There is a great opportunity to make sure they get direct help with the facilities and programs they need. “
Each participant is equivalent to a donated care package which includes kitchen supplies, canned foods, first aid kits, and toiletries like shampoo and toothbrushes.
“I think it’s great to come together, especially with the last two years where we’ve had to see faces, and develop that sense of community that we lost a few years ago,” said Virginia Messinger, participant. .
Andrew Michaels, a friend of Seabolt, said: “Even though we think we don’t have enough, I think we always have something to give back.
The second fundraiser will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand 14 cinema in The Market Common. Tickets are available here.