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United Way partners to put end to hunger and homelessness

Posted: November 9, 2010 4:25 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is being observed across the country the week before Thanksgiving. The Kershaw County Housing Partnership is sponsoring the following local events with the hope that all citizens will participate in at least one event.

A sleep-out named “One Night without a Home” will be held at the old National Guard Armory in Camden on Saturday, Nov. 13 beginning at 7 p.m. Participants should bring their own food and sleeping bags, tents, etc. A short program will be led by Kershaw County councilman Bobby Gary on the causes of homelessness and some possible solutions. There will be live music and a movie during the course of the evening.

“Fill-a-pick-up” food drives will be held at local grocery stores in the area on Friday, Nov. 19 and Sat., Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. manned with volunteers from local food pantries and soup kitchens. Non-perishable items and canned food will be appreciated.

A supplies drive for Food for the Soul, the new soup kitchen and emergency shelter, will also be held. Paper and cleaning products, twin size flat sheets and blankets, towels and wash cloths, disposable diapers, and personal hygiene kits are needed.
Churches, schools, and other organizations are urged to participate in these events to help those in need in our county.
Traci Carnes with the National Coalition for the Homeless is developing a “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers Bureau. Anyone interested in having a speaker or interviewing a speaker should contact Traci at the United Way of Kershaw County at 432-0951.

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