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Camden Jaycees celebrate successful Stocking Fund drive
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Students from Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) show off donations the school collected for the Camden Jaycees annual Stocking Fund. With them (from left) are Jaycees member Phillip Hudson, PTHS teacher Stephanie Dabbs and Maria Spring of the United Way of Kershaw County.

Since the mid-1940s, the Camden Jaycess has helped thousands of Kershaw County residents with its annual Stocking Fund. Every year, the Jaycess host multiple fundraisers to support its efforts every Christmas season, and this year was no different. The Jaycees’ work at the Carolina and Colonial cups, its annual golf tournament and a pulled pork fundraiser allowed the organization to serve 250 families throughout the county.

“We were able to make Christmas a little more special for children who otherwise would have no reason to believe in Santa Claus,” Michael D. Wright of the Camden Jaycees said. “Perhaps most disconcerting, however, were the number of families requesting a Christmas meal, which has drastically increased year after year. The need in our community is there, and we are happy to play a very small role in giving back to the community in which we reside.”

Wright said the Jaycees could not have done what it did in 2015 without help it received from many in the community.

“Year in and out, the United Way of Kershaw County supports this incredible cause, and Piggy Wiggly coordinated our purchase of 104 meals for families. We are happy this year to have also had the generous support from Walmart, which helped us coordinate thepurchase of more than $5,000 worth of toys,” Wright said.

In addition, he said the Jaycees received donations from Pinedale Residential Center, Agape Hospice, Embrace Hospice and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce.

“Finally, we received great support from the community in helping us deliver Christmas throughout Kershaw County, including the Camden High School Key Club, former Jaycees and our own county council chairman, Julian Burns,” Wright said.

(Information and photographs provided by the Camden Jaycees.)