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Representatives from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Highland Park United Methodist Church and Coastal Healthcare Resources recently donated their time to pack the individual bags of food which are distributed each week.  Among the three organizations, nearly 3,000 bags were packed!  Thanks to all for generously giving their time to assist in combatting childhood hunger!


SCHOOL YEAR 2016 – 2017

Help 4 Kids Florence completed its fourth school year of operation by providing more than 1,900 bags of food each weekend of the academic year among 34 schools (including seven Head Start programs) in all five Florence County school districts (Florence, Pamplico, Lake City, Timmonsville and Johnsonville). During the summer, Help 4 Kids Florence supports the year-round program at Timrod Elementary School as well as various programs throughout Florence County school districts.

See the 2017 survey results below. Thanks to all our generous donors who are making such a difference in combatting childhood hunger!


Pack 473 from Pisgah UMC recently donated food to Help 4 Kids Florence, and additionally, 810 bags of food for the weekend were packed. What valuable lessons these boys are learning about community service!


Pee Dee Federal Credit Union recently conducted a fundraiser for Help 4 Kids Florence. At their request, the money donated was used to purchase cans of Vienna Sausages – 1,772 cans!



Help 4 Kids President Diane Welsh and Vice President Allie Walker recently participated in a chapel program with students at All Saints’ Day School. Part of the program consisted of a puppet show which was written by Diane and which was used as a means of discussing childhood hunger.


The volume of food recently donated by the West Florence High School National Honor Society resulted in 249 bags of food which can be distributed to hungry children. Thank you, honor students!


With the upcoming spring break, two weekend bags of food per child supported by Help 4 Kids Florence (almost 4,000 bags) will be delivered to schools for distribution. Thanks to Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church for their assistance in packing many of these bags! (Pictured are the enthusiastic and excellent packers).


Recent food drives within the community have resulted in donations sufficient to provide 735 bags of food for the weekend. Thanks to the organizers and the many people who supported and generously donated to these drives! Community partners for these drives are: All Saints’ School, Seminar Brewing Company, Pisgah UMC, Effingham Presbyterian Church, Monster, The Little Gym and the South Florence High School National Honor Society. (Pictured are representatives from Monster along with Help 4 Kids Florence VP, Allie Walker, on the far right).


The Pee Dee Picklers put down their paddles to help at the monthly food drive at the S. Irby Street Walmart Supercenter in February. As a result of their great teamwork, the Picklers raised over $5,000 in cash and food for Help 4 Kids Florence. What a great group!



THANK YOU, IGA

IGA stores in Johnsonville, Lake City, Florence, Quinby, Pamplico and Timmonsville partnered with Help 4 Kids Florence during Hunger Awareness Week (22-28 January) by providing a collection point at each store for food donations.  Thanks to the generosity of the patrons of those stores, Help 4 Kids Florence was able to provide more than 400 bags of food for the weekend to hungry children.


THANK YOU, FLORENCE CIVIC CENTER

The Florence Civic Center donated to Help 4 Kids Florence a portion of the proceeds from ice skating events which were held prior to Christmas.  Thanks to this generous donation, Help 4 Kids Florence was able to provide more than 595 bags of food for the weekend to hungry children.

In the photo:  L to R:  Chasity Wilson (Civic Center Senior Events Manager), Diane Welsh and Allie Walker.


HUNGER AWARENESS WEEK – THE NEED TO COMBAT CHILDHOOD HUNGER

The Florence Morning News, in partnership with Help 4 Kids Florence, ran a series of articles during the week of 22 January 2017 to highlight to the public the seriousness of childhood hunger.

Read the week-long series of articles here:  http://www.scnow.com/news/collection_b88839dc-e1b1-11e6-8cc8-57cdd65ad25e.html 


Food Donations and Packing Support

We continue to be so thankful for our faithful volunteers who pack meals at our warehouse every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning.  In November the number of students supported by Help 4 Kids Florence increased by approximately 300, with the result being that during the academic year a meal for the weekend is currently being provided to approximately 1,800 students among 34 schools (including five Head Start programs) in all five Florence County School Districts.  That is a lot of meals to pack each week!

And we owe thanks to our “runners” who each week transport the meals from our warehouse to the schools.

During the 2016 fall semester, additional packing support was provided by volunteers from Pepsi Cola of Florence, Grace Baptist Church, the Montessori School, Burch Oxner Seale, Junior Leadership Florence, St. John’s Church and The Kings Academy.  Thank you!

We continue to be humbled by the generosity of the Florence Community in supporting the monthly food drives at the Beltline Drive and S. Irby Street Wal-Mart Supercenters.

We also owe a special thanks to those generous individuals and organizations who donated food during the fall semester.  Our thanks go to Charles Spears for organizing a food drive at West Florence High School and South Florence High School during “Rivalry Week”.  Additionally we thank ADP Florence, Burch Oxner Seale, Lucy T. Davis Elementary School, the Carver Student Ambassador Club at Carver Elementary School, the College of Charleston Alumni Group, New Ebenezer Baptist Church, Olanta Elementary School, Carolinas Center for Sight, Assurant, ACS, Central UMC, and Miss Alyssa Spurling.  These food donations provided 5,442 meals – enough food for three weeks!

Thank you, Florence, for your generosity.  Hungry children are being fed because of you.


Kudos to all who helped distribute food to hungry children during Hurricane Matthew

Thanks to Ebenezer Baptist Church for taking the initiative and becoming a collection and distribution hub for thousands of meals. Additionally, Florence District One teachers delivered meals to some of their students who they anticipated would be without food. Too many children experience hunger on a daily basis, and there are many churches, organizations and individuals who silently work behind the scenes to help those in need. Thanks to all who are stepping up and joining the fight against childhood hunger.

Thanks, too, to the power companies, “chainsaw gangs” and all who helped clear streets and neighborhoods – and who continue to do so. What a wonderful job all these people are doing!


scout_medalPaxton Roberts Completes Eagle Scout Project to Support Help 4 Kids Florence

scout_donationPaxton Roberts, an active member of Boy Scout Troop 402 at Florence’s Highland Park Methodist Church, recently completed his Eagle Scout project, which benefits Help 4 Kids Florence (H4KF).  Each week during the school year H4KF distributes more than 1,500 bags containing single serve food items to Florence County elementary students who are at risk of hunger, and the amount of cardboard in which the food items are packaged is significant.  Paxton designed and built two disposal bins so that as items are unpacked, the packaging can be discarded into the bins and then later moved to larger recycle containers.  Paxton’s contribution has made the packing and disposal process much easier!

Additionally, Paxton presented to H4KF a monetary donation.  This donation will provide a meal for the weekend to 301 hungry children.

Only 5% – 6% of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts.  Paxton will soon be awarded this highest rank in scouting, and the Board of Directors of Help 4 Kids Florence offers to him its sincere congratulations.


New Spring Church collects food for Help 4 Kids Florence

During one Sunday in August, New Spring Church collected food to support Help 4 Kids Florence. The results of this successful collection will enable Help 4 Kids Florence to distribute 1,382 weekend food bags to hungry children. Thank you New Spring Church!