Want to Help South Carolina? Take a Vacation!

October 12, 2015 | By | Comments (6)
Photo Courtesy SCPRT

Photo Courtesy SCPRT

In a resounding display of Southern hospitality, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks this past weekend after the state’s record flooding prevented USC from proceeding with its home game against the Tigers. LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland learned USC’s alma mater and fight song.

The school hosted a tailgate celebrating both teams, and billboards warmly welcoming fans stood proudly around the city.

Down here, we help each other out. It’s just how we do things.

Photo Courtesy SCPR

Photo Courtesy SCPRT

In the midst of its prime tourism season, South Carolina has suffered one of the worst floods in the state’s history. It may have lost more than $300 million in crops, according to the Washington Post, and more than 300 roads closed down. Residents across the state have been displaced, and some have lost their lives.

Naturally, our hearts ache for South Carolina, and we’d like to help out.

One of the best ways we can do that is by visiting.

October is arguably the most beautiful month to visit the state, which relies heavily on the tourism industry. So, if you’d like to lend a hand, one of the most proactive things you can do is take a vacation. Not bad, eh?

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Director Duane Parrish says, “South Carolina’s top tourism destinations are open for business and eager to welcome visitors. As you know, the coastal economy is significantly dependent on tourism. A slow-down in visitation means lost revenue and lost jobs.”

Nearly the entire coast is open, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Beaufort, and the major interstates are almost entirely clear.

Maybe explore lovely Charleston, welcome fall at Hilton Head, or bring the family to Myrtle Beach. And remember, you’ll be helping your Southern neighbors by enjoying their famous hospitality.

After all, down here, we help each other out. It’s just how we do things.


  1. lissakay

    Good grief. Not only do we now have politically correct gender pronouns, now we must be careful not to use directionalist terms. Or is that geographicalist?

    Insanity. South is down there, north is up there, east and west are over yonder.

    I agree, Matthew. Crazy.

    October 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm
  2. Matthew

    Barbara, You’re crazy,

    October 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm
  3. Victoria Smalls

    Yes! Visit Beaufort County: Historic Beaufort, Historic Penn Center & The York W. Bailey Museum, Mitchellville and their exhibit at The Westin Hilton Head Island , Gullah Museum, Coastal Discovery Museum, etc… So much to do.

    October 14, 2015 at 7:46 pm
  4. Barbara

    Your comment “down here” is offensive! If you truly want to be know as southern hospitality, you really need to STOP with the “seperation” of North & South! This is the 21st Century…do you really believe “up north” would abandon our neighbors?!? Than you are very narrow minded and need to get out and visit the state’s “above” the mason Dixie line. They will open their doors and welcome you as family…because “THAT WHO WE ARE”!

    October 14, 2015 at 8:34 am
  5. Kathleen

    Very nice idea & article. Thanks!
    And definitely consider Beaufort for a vacation. Beautiful, historic small town with friendly people & great food.

    October 13, 2015 at 10:48 am
  6. Joan Magner

    Thanks for a great article, so kind and thoughtful. I remember how much we appreciated any help we received after we lost everything during Katrina.

    October 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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