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Local churches combine efforts for W.A.R.M.

Posted: January 3, 2014 5:18 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Several local churches recently combined their efforts to achieve a project known as W.A.R.M. (Weatherization And Repair Ministry). The initiative was begun in 1989 by Richard and Sara Hagins of Camden. The Hagins were and still are members of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, and they along with other church members began repairing homes in the community, especially those damaged by Hurricane Hugo.

Today, more than 13 churches in the area are involved in the initiative. Some of the work done by W.A.R.M. includes repairing flooring, replacing windowpanes, shingling roofs, building ramps, replacing siding, fixing leaking plumbing and insulating. Church members from Lugoff, Camden and Rembert take part in the project.

W.A.R.M. volunteers have to be 14 years old to work. According to volunteer Bobby Gary, who spent Friday morning replacing bathroom flooring and wall insulation, the group has volunteers up to the age of 85. Gary said he participates in the effort because it allows him to give back. "My motto is to love, serve and fulfill my purpose. I love everybody and I’m willing to serve. That’s my purpose," Gary said.

The cause in benefitted greatly by donations of time, service, supplies and monetary gifts from the community and from community businesses and organizations.

Volunteers say they love the experience and come back year after year, like Robert Halley who has been volunteering in the community for 50 years now. He said he’s been a part of W.A.R.M. for many years now and won’t be quitting any time soon. "It slowed me down when I had a pacemaker put in," he said, "but I don’t plan to stop."

(C-I photos and story by Haley Atkinson, Localife Editor)

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