Thankfully, most of the waters have receded, stray branches have been raked up, and front porches have been swept. After all of Hurricane Matthew’s madness, local businesses have decided to give back to the community in celebration of the storm’s end, benefitting both victims and our brave first responders. Check out these great programs that can help get you back on your feet after hurricane Matthew, as well as volunteer opportunities to get active and show the resiliency of the Charleston community.

Bon Bahn Mi will be giving out a free tacos both today and tomorrow to all first responders, including police, firefighters, EMTs, & SCE&G Linemen.

This Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 Nixons will give out free ramen at Craft Conundrum from 5 to 9:00 p.m. for those who need some good comfort food.

The American Red Cross will be partnering with Palmetto Goodwill to provide $35 vouchers for clothes and household necessities. Donations are being accepted to help victims throughout the lowcountry. Hilton Head and Florence Goodwill locations are still closed. The Red Cross is also calling for blood donations to help those affected, as well as monetary donations to provide relief efforts along the East Coast.

U-Haul has offered 30 days of free storage for those affected by the storm so that goods and necessities can be kept safe and dry. Check this out if you’ve been impacted by flooding.

The South Carolina Association for Justice is offering free services to homeowners affected by Hurricane Matthew. If you have any storm-related crimes, including scams, feel free to contact Lena Smith at lena@scaj.com.

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have offered unlimited data to its Lowcountry customers through today. For those who wish to make a donation to Hurricane Matthew relief (through Verizon), text “MATTHEW” to 80100. You will receive a text to confirm your donation of $10.

Axcient, an application and data protection program, is offering its “Fusion Platform” free for 30 days to impacted businesses in the Lowcountry and along the East Coast. This program is meant to help prevent IT outages.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy calls for volunteers and donations to help replant and save Colonial Lake and other affected Charleston parks. After a $5.9 million restoration, Park Angel volunteers and the Colonial Lake maintenance fund want to keep the park beautiful and open to all citizens. Come help out and visit charlestonparksconservancy.org.

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