Myrtle Beach Man Opens His Hotel to Families Displaced by Flooding Free of Charge
"Love thy neighbor, right? That's what you're supposed to do.”
Jaret Hucks has been a saving grace for the Myrtle Beach-area residents displaced by Hurricane Florence’s historic flooding.
"I said, 'Come stay with me. Come stay at my house until you can go back to yours,'" Hucks told CBS News.
The house he’s referring to isn’t exactly a “house.” Hucks owns Myrtle Beach’s humble Midtown Inn and Cottages and over the past few years he has made a name for himself by offering rooms to flooding evacuees free of charge.
To date, CBS News reports that he has given away nearly 1,000 free nights to some of the community's poorest and most vulnerable evacuees. In all, his generosity has cost him an estimated $50,000 in services.
And it’s not just humans he’s taken in. He’s welcomed dogs, a tortoise and even a rescued baby squirrel named Mr. Squeakers.
As news of his good deeds spread, so has the urge to contribute. Good Samaritans have donated diapers, ice and plenty of food—so much food that anyone staying at the Midtown now gets three square meals a day.
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Hucks told CBS News that the best rewards he's received have been the thank-you cards made by children and knowing for sure that he has “made his mama proud.”
"Love thy neighbor, right? That's what you're supposed to do," Husk mused. "My mama taught me that a long time ago."
You can contribute to Hucks’ efforts via GoFundMe.