Less than two days before Christmas, victims of the Wyndemere fire on Hilton Head Island are trying to move forward, and the community is helping them do that.
Neo Restaurant is one of several local businesses that is taking up donations for victims of the Wyndemere fire.
Clothes, shoes, food, furniture, household items and money has been collected, and more and more of these items are arriving at Neo as word gets out about the Dec. 19 fire at the Wyndemere condos.
"It's kind of the coolest part of it is just people coming by and just giving, you know. It's the opposite of greed, you see the giving spirit that people have and how willing they are to give things," said chef and owner Rusell Keane, who is friends with one of the fire victims.
After hearing about what happened, he felt compelled to help.
"They're in the food and beverage community here on the island and that's kind of, we have a little bit of a camaraderie as far as that goes, maybe an underground family so to speak," said Keane.
Walgreen's on the south end also received a big donation of bedding, clothes and sheets earlier Monday.
Other businesses that are helping include Sunrise Café and The Deep Well Project. This collection will continue beyond Christmas.
"These people will need help for a while to get back on their feet. They lost everything so we're going to continue the donations just as long as we need to," said Keane.
The fire victims can't say thank you enough.
"People have been unbelievable. I pretty much held it together pretty well, I only got really emotional to see the response from the community," said Braddon Hurt.
Catch 22 seafood restaurant will also be holding a free Christmas Eve dinner for all of the fire victims starting at 4 p.m.
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