Collecting donations for flood victims in South Carolina

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Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015/ News 12 at 11' O Clock

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- For the last couple of days Joe Gleaton has been watching these images of flooded streets and homes.

"Just look at the devastation," said Gleanton. "This is worse than Hugo ever thought of being," said Gleaton.

He says its what's driving his family to give back. That and one other thought.

"It could have been us," said Gleaton.

His good fortune is something he is not quick to forget, and for him its all about paying it forward.

"If we were in this situation we would hope that people would return the favor," said Gleaton. "These people are hurting. I mean there are ponds blowing out, roads washing away, people have lost everything," said Gleaton.

Aiken County Sheriffs office has already sent 43 palettes to Columbia, and I count at least 70 palettes sitting in the sheriff's office parking lot that they plan to send too.They aren't the only ones reaching a helping hand over the river.

"We didn't get anything like we thought we were going to in terms of having to open up shelters in this area," said Red Cross Volunteer Jana Hill. "Once we began to realize that that was kind of behind us we began to get information from our national red cross and our neighbors from across the river that they were experiencing something a whole lot more severe," said Hill.

Hill says the Augusta Red Cross is redirecting their resources to the people most in need, setting up shelters, delivering food and deploying Augusta volunteers to the places hit the hardest.

"It's not meant to replace everything that they have lost, but its meant to help them with their immediate needs and help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible," said Hill.

Gleaton says he plans to be back at the sheriffs office tomorrow with more to give.

"How far is this going to go with 40,000 people without drinking water, not far. But at least its a drop in the bucket it takes a whole lot of drops in the bucket," said Gleaton.

Red Cross is asking for monetary donations. Reps tell me you can give a $10 donation by simply texting red cross to 9-0-9-9-9. If you are at the grocery store and are able to buy an extra pack of water, Aiken county sheriff's office has opened multiple drop off stations. Click here for the full list of all the places accepting donations.