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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Oct. 13, 2015) - East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) announces comprehensive assistance for victims of the South Carolina flooding as they rebuild and recover from the recent disaster. The organization is accepting requests for emergency relief funds (ERF) and is distributing personal hygiene kits, flood clean-up buckets, bedding, clothing, diapers, food, water, and more.
Financial assistance is available for individuals and families who have experienced property loss, damage, or residential displacement. ECCO’s ERF will cover expenses associated with emergency home repair and temporary restoration, temporary housing, replacement of essential belongings, gas for automobiles, and utilities. In order to complete the ERF application, individuals should be prepared to provide adequate documentation that includes a South Carolina driver’s license or photo ID for all household adults, Social Security cards for all household members, a detailed description of property damage/loss with accompanying photographs, and insurance information if applicable. A computer center is available at ECCO’s facility for people to secure the necessary records if they were not salvaged during the flood. Individuals in need of assistance should contact Whitney Cooper at 843.416.7134 or wcooper@ECCOcharleston.org.
Several companies, individuals, and other groups have already contributed to ECCO’s disaster relief efforts by donating goods and supplies. On October 7th, the Daniel Island Community Fund and Rotary Club of Daniel Island demonstrated their support with a combined gift of $5,000 that will be used to help flood victims in the Cainhoy Peninsula area. Over the last week, ECCO has also received food and clothing from the Daniel Island Academy, women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories from the Charleston Style Exchange, towels and sheets from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport, and a truck full of cleaning supplies, diapers, and paper towels from Target. Additional collection efforts are being organized and coordinated by the Mount Pleasant Towne Center, the Church at LifePark, the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and Lily Rain.
ECCO seeks continued assistance from the community for special flood relief funding and donations of items listed below. Drop-offs can be made Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm at 1145 Six Mile Road in Mount Pleasant. Contributions to ECCO’s Flood Relief Fund can be made by texting 'ecco' to 33923 or online at www.text.gives/ECCO and www.ECCOcharletson.org.
Flood Clean-up Buckets
• Bleach• Painters face mask (N95)• Goggles• Trash bags• Cleaners, disinfectants, rubber gloves• Brooms, sponges, brushes, mops• Water• Flash lights Personal Hygiene Kits• Shampoo• Comb• Razors, shaving cream• Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss• Washcloths• Soap, hand sanitizer• Deodorant• Toilet paper
East Cooper Community OutreachThe mission of East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is to provide safety net services to our low-income neighbors, while empowering them to create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Last year ECCO celebrated a special anniversary after 25 years of serving those in need. Founded in 1989 as an emergency relief effort after the devastation from Hurricane Hugo, ECCO strives to eliminate poverty in the East Cooper region, and focuses on three main program areas: Basic Needs, Health Services, and Empowerment and Education. More than 4,500 households annually receive assistance for food, clothing, household goods, and financial aid, along with access to dental and medical care, treatment for chronic diseases, prescription assistance, health education, counseling, financial literacy classes, savings programs, job readiness training, and a range of specialized employment services. For more information, visit www.ECCOcharleston.org.