Mayor, City Extend Help to Flood-Ravaged Nichols

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:46:00 AM Categories: emergency management fire Flood hurricane Mayor police weather

SUMTER, SC (Oct. 18, 2016) – A sense of community sometimes goes beyond a city’s borders.


Mayor Joe McElveen, during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting Tuesday, pledged Sumter’s support to Nichols, which is experiencing some of the most devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.


Although Sumter had its share of storm-related damage and power outages, cleanup and recovery will be an overwhelming task for Nichols, a rural Marion County town of about 358 residents that was flooded in the wake of the storm.


“We’re thankful that Sumter was spared the worst of the Matthew, so we must humbly show our gratefulness by supporting another community that wasn’t as fortunate,” McElveen said.


City of Sumter residents are asked to donate items that are most needed as Nichols begins its recovery.


Those items include the following:



  • Heavy duty face masks
  • Thick work gloves
  • Work goggles
  • 36 inch crowbars
  • Heavyweight hammers



  • Cleaning supplies/laundry detergent 
  • Rags/old towels
  • Trash bags/grocery bags
  • Mops
  • Buckets
  • Brooms
  • Paper towels
  • Moving boxes
  • Plastic storage boxes


Personal care

  • Gatorade/bottled water
  • Gift cards (Wal-Mart, Visa)
  • Tissue paper
  • New socks/underwear/undershirts 
  • Cereal bars
  • Pillows
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • First aid items
  • Hand sanitizer


Items can be dropped off at the Alice Drive Fire Station, 225 Alice Drive, beginning 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Friday.


Members of the Sumter Police and Fire departments will then deliver local donations to Nichols.


“We’re Sumter Strong but the substance of our strength and the spirit of our community is demonstrated best when we come together to help others in a time of need,” McElveen said.