IOCC Assists Victims of South Carolina Floods

Baltimore, MD (October 16, 2015) — Piles of water damaged furniture and personal belongings fill the neighborhoods of Columbia, South Carolina. Record floods earlier this month claimed 19 lives and left a trail of damage across the state. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Emergency Response Network, along with local relief partners and parishioners from Holy Apostles and Holy Trinity Orthodox Churches are rallying together to help residents in hard hit Columbia with the slow and difficult cleanup and recovery. IOCC US Country Representative, Dan Christopulos, updates OCN in a radio interview on the situation and urgent needs. Oca.org also posts this report on the latest relief efforts by the Orthodox community.

IOCC US Country Representative, Dan Christopulos, discusses the clean-up effort in Columbia, SC with a representative of the Mennonite Disaster Service. Photo: Mennonite Disaster Service

IOCC US Country Representative Dan Christopulos makes a presentation at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, SC to members of the parish council about the response of IOCC in the area and how local Orthodox can help. Photo: Mennonite Disaster Service

Orthodox volunteers working with NECHAMA Jewish Disaster Response take a break from cleaning out a flood damaged home in Columbia, SC. Photo: IOCC

Orthodox volunteers from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church help with muck-out of homes in Columbia, SC working with NECHAMA Jewish Disaster Response. During a break they meet with members of the Mennonite Disaster Assessment Team. Photo: Mennonite Disaster Service

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Assemble emergency kits. IOCC also anticipates the need for Emergency Clean-Up Buckets which are in low supply. For directions on how to assemble Emergency Clean-Up Buckets, please visit iocc.org/kits.

Make a donation. You can help the victims of disasters in the United States, like the flooding in South Carolina by making a financial gift to the United States Emergency Response Fund, or help Hurricane Joaquin victims in the Bahamas with a gift to the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund. Each fund will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297-0429.

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IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $534 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. To learn more about IOCC, please visit our website a iocc.org.

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