ALLENDALE, S.C. — After tornadoes struck eastern South Carolina in April, many communities were forced to rebuild among an already strained environment due to COVID-19.
Tornadoes Spark Creation of the Hampton County Assistance Fund. The tornadoes that struck eastern South Carolina in April left the Hampton community to rebuild amid a pandemic, making the process that much more difficult. Over 50 homes were completely destroyed, which displaced countless families who were left to abruptly search for housing in an area of limited supply. Almost 150 homes were damaged or destroyed, and the expected cost of repair is well over $5 million.
A group of Hampton County residents, along with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division formed the Hampton County Assistance Fund. The Assistance Fund is a co-operative group that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business, and other organizations within Hampton County.
AgSouth values supporting our local communities, in the good times and the bad. In response to this tragic event, the Allendale, South Carolina branch of AgSouth Farm Credit donated $2,000 to relief efforts through the Hampton County Assistance Fund.
Ernie Avant, Regional Vice President and Hampton County resident says, “Supporting this local effort is important to me because so many friends, family, and neighbors not only lost their homes and belongings but also, tragically, some lost their lives. So many people came to the assistance of those affected immediately after the storm but the long term needs are still great.”
–AgSouth Farm Credit