South Carolina flooding: How to help

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  • Historic flooding has engulfed South Carolina and other parts of the East Coast
  • Charities are responding to provide relief to flood victims

(CNN)Deadly flooding has engulfed parts of South Carolina, forcing people from their homes. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has activated the National Guard to help with flood rescues, and charitable organizations are responding.

Impact Your World has gathered ways for people to help in these efforts.
• The Salvation Army is assisting communities along the East Coast by providing food, water and shelter to flood victims. You can donate to the Salvation Army's relief efforts online or by texting STORM to 51555.
    The American Red Cross of the Palmetto South Carolina Region needs volunteers to assist in shelter operations and disaster assessment. New volunteers can visit RedCross.org/SC and click on volunteer to start the application process.
    The South Carolina Baptist Convention has deployed food and child care units to assist flood victims. A chainsaw unit also is on the ground, helping to remove fallen trees interfering with power lines.
    •The Francis R. Willis SPCA shelter experienced a tremendous amount of flooding in their kennel areas. Now the shelter is in need of assistance to restore the location. They're asking for donations to the "FRW SPCA Emergency Flooding Fund" via crowdfunding site GoFundme.
    Samaritan's Purse has deployed two tractor-trailers fully stocked with relief supplies to help in the Columbia, South Carolina area. The international Christian relief organization, and its army of volunteers, will work to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris and assist families in salvaging some of their personal belongings.
    •Americares has rushed emergency medicine and relief supplies to South Carolina. This includes insulin, pain relievers, cleaning supplies , towels, blankets and family emergency kits.
    Save the Children is seeking public support to expand its emergency response operations in the state and assist more than 2,000 children impacted by severe flooding, including several hundred children that have been forced from their homes.
    Impact Your World will provide updates as more ways to help become available.