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The generous donations collected by Raines Hospitality during their food drive and fundraiser in August gave Help 4 Kids Florence the ability to provide 402 hungry children with a meal for the weekend. Thank you!


Help 4 Kids Florence would like to thank all the employees at Blue Cross Blue Shield/PGBA for their tremendous food drive during the month of July. The employees contributed enough food to feed 1,285 hungry children. This is the third year that Blue Cross Blue Shield / PGBA has had a food drive to benefit hungry children in Florence County.



Purchase your tickets for the fashion show at the Greek Orthodox Church.
Part of the profits will be donated to Help 4 Kids Florence.



The youth group from Southside Baptist Church recently volunteered at the Help 4 Kids Florence warehouse, where they counted and sorted 1,916 cans of donated food. They did an awesome job!

Help 4 Kids Florence relies on dedicated volunteers of all ages, and the Southside Baptist youth have demonstrated their commitment to helping children who are less fortunate than they.


Are you looking for clothes for your children or grandchildren?

The local vendor for Shrimp & Grits clothing will be selling children’s clothes on Monday, 14 August from 3:30 – 6:00 pm in the Schofield Library at St. John’s Church, and part of the profits will be donated to Help 4 Kids Florence.

Please mark your calendars.


 

The Magnet Champions Nursing of McLeod Regional Medical Center recently had a very successful food drive for Help 4 Kids. They were able to collect enough food to provide 850 bags to distribute to hungry children in Florence County.  They not only delivered all the food to the warehouse, but they stayed to help inventory the food.


The congregation of “The Well”, a contemporary service at Central United Methodist Church, took time on Sunday, June 25th to reach out into the community and offer a helping hand. The children and adults pictured packed more than 500 bags for hungry children in our community.


A hearty thanks to Brad White and the youth of Southside Baptist Church for their help.  Recently, they spent a morning at the Help 4 Kids Florence warehouse packing bags and inventorying food. What an awesome group!

Cate Urquhart recently celebrated her birthday and requested food for Help 4 Kids in lieu of presents.  Thanks to Cate, the food and money donated at her birthday celebration will provide a bag of food for the weekend to 170 hungry children.  What a wonderful example Cate is setting for her contemporaries!

Thanks to St. Paul UMC for collecting food for Help 4 Kids during their recent Vacation Bible School.  As a result of their generosity, 176 bags of food for the weekend will be distributed.


Help 4 Kids Florence Received a Generous Grant from Leadership Florence

The 2017 class of Leadership Florence conducted an amazingly successful fundraiser, a Disco Gala, in mid-May, and the profits from that fundraiser were distributed to three local non-profit organizations.  During the 31 May graduation of the class, Help 4 Kids Florence was honored to receive a grant in the amount of $10,311.87.

Thank you, Leadership Florence, for your service to our community and for supporting – in such a big way – efforts to combat childhood hunger!

(Pictured are Help 4 Kids Florence board members Debbie Watson and Clark Reifsnider.  On the right are Leadership Florence members (L to R):  Jensen Seear, Lauren Bunten, Katie Waring and Dr. Daphne Carter-McCants). 


Help 4 Kids Florence Recognizes Volunteers

The Board of Directors of Help 4 Kids Florence hosted a cookout during the evening of 23 May to thank the faithful volunteers who spent countless hours during the 2016-2017 school year manning food drives, sorting and inventorying food, packing individual bags of food for the weekend and delivering those bags (approximately 65,000!) to the schools.

More than 100 people generously donate their time to support Help 4 Kids Florence to ensure hungry children receive a meal.

Thank you, volunteers, for acknowledging that childhood hunger is a problem and for being willing to do something about it!


Dalton Prosser’s Eagle Scout Project Supports Help 4 Kids Florence

Dalton Prosser, a member of Boy Scout Troop 402 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, recently set himself apart from more than 90% of his contemporaries by completing his Eagle Scout project.

As his project, Dalton recruited 36 volunteers to man the May food drives at the Beltline and S. Irby St. Wal-Mart stores.  Dalton and his volunteers collected monetary and food donations, transported all donations to the Help 4 Kids Florence warehouse and then sorted and inventoried all the donations.  As a result of Dalton’s leadership and the efforts of his volunteers, 1,098 individual bags of food for the weekend will be packed and distributed to hungry children.

Thank you, Dalton, and Well Done!


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.


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 


 

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.