A Saint Helena Island family and their 200 animals are displaced after Hurricane Dorian destroyed their farmhouse. Here's how you can help.
We have a family and a bunch of animals in our Beaufort community that needs our help after Hurricane Dorian blew through the Lowcountry Sea Islands this week.
A farmhouse located on Saint Helena Island near Lands End houses a family and over 200 animals including horses, a donkey, turkeys, peacocks, chickens, roosters, and many others. In the middle of the night, the roof was ripped off of their home destroying all of their personal belongings. To make it even worse, all of their animal enclosures were also wiped out along with the electrical which left them with no shelter or running water from the well.
Carl Pappalardo and his wife Christina (Tina) have owned the property on the Island for five years. Tina is an RN at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in the rehab unit and has the biggest heart for people as well as animals.
“I’m not even sure where to start, the outpouring of love and prayers from all of our friends and family is unbelievably overwhelming. This is still so surreal I don’t even know what to say right now. we are devastated and yet so lucky at the same time. even the smallest of little tiny chicks who was hatched just before the storm has survived…”, said Tina.
After hearing the news, the amazing folks at Beaufort County Animal Services once again stepped in to help. Tallulah Trice, Director of Beaufort County Animal Services and her incredible team have already started organizing volunteers and local businesses to help rebuild enclosures, make repairs and get the Pappalardo’s and their animals back home safe and sound with funding from the Beaufort County Animal Services Support Fund. This fund established through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry wa
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“We all know how slow government assistance is in natural disasters which is why support from the private sector is far more reliable and effective to get this family and their animals back home and safe where they belong”, said Tallulah. “Most of us dodged a bullet with the storm this time but unfortunately this family was not so lucky. So we need to help them. We got this.“
So, how can you help?
You can help Christina (Tina) & Carl Pappalardo and their family by making a donation to the BCAS SUPPORT FUND on the Community Foundation website or by volunteering to help with clean up at the farm.
All donations made online through this account http://bit.ly/bcasfund
If you are interested in volunteering to help clean up the property, please contact Tallulah Trice, Director of Beaufort County Animal Services at 843.812.2413 for details and directions.
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All photos and video were taken by Ginger Wareham, Owner of EatStayPlay Beaufort & PickleJuice and may not be used without permission.