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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 15, 2015, Page A2, Image 2

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Local and state businesses, groups respond to South Carolina flooding BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Local businesses and organizations are respond ing to the severe flooding in South Carolina. The state received more than 2 feet of rain the first weekend of the month, resulting in rapid flooding that left houses and streets under water, and affecting 13 dams. About 270 state maintained roads and 140 bridges have been closed. The flooding has killed at last 17 people and did an estimated $1 billion in damage. There's been a massive response to the flooding. Duke Energy, which had more than 1 million cus tomers effected by the dis aster, donated $100j000 to the American Red Cross efforts in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Lowe's Foods, a grocery store chain based in Winston-Salem, donated three truckloads of bottled water to the South Carolina Emergency Management Disaster Receiving Center in Winnsboro, S.C. Churches have also responded. Locally First Baptist Church of Stanleyville sent a team of 15 volunteers to help with Hughes disaster relief as part of N.C. Baptist Men, an auxil iary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. N.C. Baptist Men sent volunteers to coastal Horry County and Johnsonville, S.C., as well Brunswick County, N.C., which has also had flood ing. The state government of North Carolina sent six pallets of bottled water, 500 road barricades to block dangerous roads, three Civil Air Patrol planes, three Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Teams and personnel to help South Carolina. There have been 545 N.C. National Guard soldiers and airmen with more than 200 vehicles deployed to help in clearing roads, reinforcing dams and removing debris. Salvation Army units across North and South Carolina have sent mobile Allison feeding units, which provide water and spiritual care to residents and first respon ded in the hard hit areas. They had served 37,472 meals (hot and cold) to hard-hit areas of South Carolina as ot Tuesday, Oct. 13. Major James Allison, area commander of the Salvation Army of the Greater Winston-Salem Area, said people can help by giving to the Salvation Army's efforts. "The best way to help is certainly through monetary donations, because that way we have the resources to purchase the items we actually need in the quanti ty that we need them and get them to where we need them," he said. Piedmont Triad Red Cross Director John Hughes also said the best way to help with his orga nization's efforts was through monetary dona tions that'll go directly to disaster relief. In response to the flooding. Red Cross opened 35 shelters for dis placed residents. The non profit also mobilized 700 Inr rnuiurvnucK DUnon) Jordan Bennett, of Rock Hill, S.C., paddles up to flooded cars on a street in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4,2015. The rainstorm drenching the US. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thou sands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. workers and more than 27 emergency response vehi cles. As of last week, the local Red Cross has sent 10 people and an Emergency Response Vehicle, which distributes food and water, ? to affected areas. Hughes said the flood ing was "mammoth" in scale and Red Cross will be there in the coming weeks to help with the recovery. "It's going to be weeks and* months of recovery and the people of South Carolina need all the help they can get," he said. To donate to the Salvation Army, visit * SalvationArmyCarolina.or 1 g/flood or text STORM to 51555 to receive a link for v giving on a mobile device, ri To donate to the Red Cross, ti Photo from Salvation Army's Facebook page "he Salvation Army sent several mobile feeding inits to help feed those hit by flooding in South Carolina. i s i t 90999 to donate $10 to the organization. ion or text redcross to Alzheimer's walk at Tanglewood Park to raise money, provide reflection BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Locals will have a chance to support the Alzheimer's disease research and care at the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday. Oct. 31. The Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, which covers 49 counties in Western North Carolina, will be holding the walk at Tangle wood Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:15 a.m. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that caus es problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The re're more than 5 mil lion people living with the disease in the United States with more than 170,000 of them in North Carolina. The greatest known risk factor is aging, with the majority of those with the disease being 65 or older, but there is also a higher risk among the African American and Hispanic populations. The association pro vides educational pro grams, support groups and other types of help for those with Alzheimer 's and their caretakers. It also funds research for Alzheimer's. Nationally, the Alzheimer's Association has awarded more than $350 million to more than 2300 Alzheimer's research proj ects since 1982. It is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research and is the third largest funder period, with only the United States and Chinese governments spending more on Alzheimer s research. The walk is not just a fundraiser, but also chance to reflect on Alzheimer's. Participants will be given Promise Flowers with dif ferent colors representing their connections to Alzheimer's: orange for a supporter of the cause, pur ple for those who've lost a loved one to the disease, blue for those living with the disease and yellow for caregivers. Shortly before the walk, there will be a ceremony when a story from each of these perspec tives will be shared. As they start the walk, partici pants will "plant" their flowers, which can they can inscribe messages or the name of loved ones on, in the ground as a Promise Garden. The trek will end back at the garden, where participants will gather their Promise Flowers and take them home. "It's a really neat expe rience as you walk back in from the walk to have this whole garden of support and a garden of promise that's grown while you've been out on the walk," said Katherine Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Alzheimer's Association. The walk is one of 16 walks the regional chapter is holding this year that are major fundraisers for the organization. "With no way to slow progression or no way to prevent onset at this point for treatment or a cure, it's a significant public health issue for us as a country," said Lambert Among those who've received research grants from the Alzheimer's Association is Tao Ma, PhD., a neuroscientist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Ma is looking into the causes for the disease, hoping to lay the ground work for effec tive ways to treat it. "We still don't have a very good understanding of the disease," said Ma. He said he was grateful to receive funding to try and help change that. Ma and his grad students will be among the participants at the walk. "It's one of those opportunities to let people know that we care and we can help, that they can help," he said. "It lets more people know about Alzheimer's disease and to support Alzheimer's dis ease research." Replace from page A1 of the board. "All of our contact information is listed online," said Jones." So if anyone would like to show their support for a candidate, feel free to email us." The new school board member will be sworn in on Oct. 27. To make a recommendation or to show support for one of the candidates visit the school boards official website, The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Co. Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Periodicals postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C. Annual subscription price is $30.72. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle. P.O. Box 1636 ? Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1636 Forsyth Country Day School cordially invites you to Admission Preview Day Saturday, November 7 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Excellence is Our Expectation The World is Our Focus Character is Our Norm

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