Early life lessons on service – COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Kershaw County Elementary School students have been learning some valuable lessons about service and putting them into practice in their community.

Blaney Elementary second-graders in Velma Jackson’s class recently packed Sacks of Love for other youngsters who otherwise might not have enough food on the weekends.

More than 400 students in the district receive sacks filled with food each week as part of the effort coordinated by the Kershaw Baptist Association.

Several classes at Blaney Elementary help out with the packing once a month, providing a helping hand to the adults from area faith-based organizations.

“A student who is hungry has a harder time focusing on learning,” said Kershaw County school spokeswoman Mary Anne Byrd. “This program is filling a great need.”


Walmart recently presented $50,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank as part of its Fighting Hunger Together fall initiative.

The money will support the food bank’s backpack program in the Camden area. The program provides food for youngsters to take home during the weekends or holidays. “Through this funding, we will be able to provide backpacks filled with food to children in our community when school meals are not available,” said Erica Cheeks of Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The Walmart grant will allow Harvest Hope to provide more than 42,000 meals to more than 400 children over the next three years.

The backpack program will be coordinated with the Kershaw Baptist Association’s Sacks of Love effort and the Kershaw County School District.

“We are excited by the energy and engagement of our associates and customers in fighting hunger together, said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation.


Home Instead Senior Care in Columbia is teaming with retailers and community organizations again this year to provide gifts and companionship to more than 200 isolated seniors through the Be a Santa To A Senior program.

Through Dec. 7, shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament from a Christmas tree at Chick-fil-A at 229 Bush River Road or Pink Sorbet at 2726 Devine St.

The ornaments have the first names and gift requests of the seniors, and shoppers are encouraged to buy items from the list and return them unwrapped to one of the stores with the ornaments.

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies, Project Hope, area retailers, community volunteers and the local Home Instead Senior Care office will collect and distribute the gifts.

For details about the program, call (803) 736-4242.

November 26, 2012  State (published as The State) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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November 26, 2012  State (published as The State) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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