Local organization from Aiken offer camp grounds to evacuees

A local group from Aiken is offering their campgrounds to Hurricane Irma evacuees.


The Sons of Confederate Veterans Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp, 1575, of Aiken, will open its Confederate Memorial Park, located off of I-20 at exit 18, this weekend to evacuees. The 100-acre campground has 60 spaces with electric hookups and water, and up to 40 with water but no electricity, Danny Francis, the commander of the group, said Thursday.

The group will offer the spaces for free on a first come first serve basis.

“We just wanted to do this as a community service to help,” Francis said.

With the hurricane expected to hit coastal cities this weekend, Francis said the group has been working to collect food items for those who come to the site.

“Most will be bringing their own food but for those who don’t have them we’ll try to help them out as best as we can,” he said.

Francis said those willing to donate food items, or money to purchase additional food and water, can visit the campsite Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

“If we can raise anything that will help out with the food supply,” he said.

Tank pumping will also be available through a pumper service for a $35 fee, Francis said. Tents, however, will not be permitted.

“We’re afraid it will be too dangerous at this time,” he said.

Volunteers are also asked to show up at the grounds to assist evacuees with giving out directions and parking RVs.