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Article by Lisa Roberts

Moving to Charleston may seem like an odd idea at first glance. After all, out of all the places in South Carolina, why should you call Charleston your home? Well, there are a couple of reasons that make Charleston not only livable but, in fact, great for raising a family and enjoying a nice, comfortable life. So, here are the reasons why Charleston is one of the best places to live in South Carolina.

"'It’s kind of spooky quiet... it’s eerie,' [Eli] Hyman [of Hyman's Seafood] said. 'Because normally these streets would be bustling in the fall. It’s beautiful weather.' Like most places across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the city hard. Robert Smith is the owner of a local marketing company called The Chart Group. 'It almost was like overnight,' Smith said. 'First we heard about this virus overseas, and next thing you know we’re shutting our city down.' Considering the Chart Group offers video production and content creation for Charleston businesses, Smith depends on a thriving tourism industry. As everything shut down, his clients could no longer pay for his services. He too had to furlough employees. 'Tourism within the last 30 or 40 years has become a major component,' Trouche said. 'It’s multi-millions of dollars in revenue for the city and for businesses and so it is a big player economically in Charleston.' Some businesses have closed forever and those that have survived had to let go of staff."

 By Elizabeth Ruiz, WTKR News 3 , Coastal VA and Northeast NC

Article provided by the South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program

To better protect consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program (SCEDP) has acquired a new decontamination chamber for equipment. This “UV-Box” will be used to sanitize returned equipment and other items so they can be redistributed to consumers safely.

October 14, 2020 - The Blood Connection (TBC), the local non-profit, community blood center is now experiencing a critical need for blood donations, an escalation of urgency from previous pleas for blood donations this month. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, TBC has seen a steady decrease in blood donations that could lead to a blood shortage. TBC is currently reallocating blood products to hospitals for immediate needs only. TBC and its Operations Command Center has noticed a decrease in blood donations and those willing to host blood drives, which has created a significant decrease in blood inventory. Since the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 has negatively impacted TBC’s blood collection and inventory, sparked by the cancelation of hundreds of blood drives and donors not coming in because of the fear of the virus. And even though it may feel as though the world is getting back to some kind of normalcy, COVID-19 is still taking its toll on the blood collection industry. The community is still not donating in the way that it has in the past; companies, schools and churches are not hosting drives due to work-from-home policies and safety concerns, and hospitals are restarting elective surgeries. This has all created a storm of insurmountable proportions. This is not an isolated crisis, as it extends regionally and nationally. The message is simple – COVID-19 has made a severe impact on the blood supply and The Blood Connection is asking the community to donate blood as soon as possible to support the critical need of blood for local hospitals in this area.


*Face coverings are required to donate. COVID-19 antibody testing is included with all complete blood donations. Appointments are encouraged.

Local donation center: 5870 Core Road, North Charleston, SC: https://thebloodconnection.org/contact/south-carolina-centers/charlestoncenter/
To find a blood drive: https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/zip
Those interested in hosting a blood drive in the community: http://thebloodconnection.org/host-a-drive

 

Article by Lisa Roberts

Safely nestled between the silky sands of Edisto Beach and wild woodlands of McClellanville lies Charleston County. Over 900 square miles dotted with colorful and exotic neighborhoods, picturesque streets, and vibrant communities represent a place everyone wants to live in. With that in mind, let us begin today's journey through the dreamlike sceneries of cobblestone walkways rich with history. The coolest neighborhoods in Charleston, SC await with its welcoming locals and laid-back lifestyle!

Article by Lisa Roberts

Trying to find reliable movers in Charleston, or anywhere else for that matter, is always a huge undertaking. Trust us, we know. Whether you decide to go for national long-distance movers or local guys with a moving truck, there's a lot to choose from.

So, how can you be sure that the company you're choosing is the best for you? To find out, we reached out and talked to some of the most important people and the most important companies in the industry. With them, we created a list of tips that will help you to see through marketing and all the glitter.

The company you're talking to must have the credentials and knowledge to perform your relocation in time, safely, and within your budget.

The Blood Connection is in need of platelet donations at their Core Road Donation Center in North Charleston.

Platelet Donation is when only platelets (small cell fragments in the blood that helps stop or prevent bleeding) are collected, and the other components are given back. 

  • You can donate every 7 days
  • This donation takes 2.5 hours
  • Available to donate at centers

Article by Lisa Roberts

When deciding where to live, finances are always among the key parameters one analyzes. Making intensive and detailed calculations inevitably precedes every relocation, as it is of key importance to know the exact budget that will suffice for your everyday costs. If Charleston, SC is the location of your future home, we are here to help you. Here is all you need to know about the current cost of living in Charleston, SC before you start planning a relocation to this area.

Article by Lisa Roberts

As an international student, studying in the United States is one of the most interesting opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime. Not only do you get to experience one of the most quintessentially Western cultures on the planet; but you also get to spend time in one of the biggest cultural melting pots in the world. After all, America is a nation built by newcomers - so no matter where you’ll go, you’re bound to feel some of that welcome spirit in this day and age as well!

The guidelines detailed in this plan are driven by three major considerations: safety, gradual and phasing in. We respectfully submit this balanced and strategic approach using best practices is the optimal approach for the state – our fellow citizens and our guests.

Full opening of hotels and Event Venues will need to allow lead time for staff to be rehired and trained, the food supply chain to be fully and normally operational, safety measures to be implemented, including providing ample time for operators to get the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and do a deep re-clean and sanitization of the entire facility using the CDC-recommended guidelines during COVID-19 to keep staff and guests safe.

South Carolina is committed to following the protocols established by Governor McMaster regarding safe social distancing and this heightened awareness of public safety. South Carolina’s hospitality industry is waiting for the return of its guests and, in the meantime, we are preparing for the reopening by suggesting doing the following things to welcome customers...

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