By HALEY ATKINSON
C-I (Camden, S.C.) Localife editor
Second Look Charities recently donated $10,000 to the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) and $5,000 to the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County. The UWKC will use the funds for assistance with the Hal Storey bus and the CMC will use funds for assistance with patient medications.
Chairman of Second Look Charities’ Board Claire Shell explained that the mission of the organization is to provide assistance to people in the community at an affordable price. Vice-chair Rose Sheheen added that Second Look "recycles everything." Sheheen explained that "when people make donations, they know it’s going right back into our community."
An important part of the environment at Second Look, Sheheen said, is the relationship between the volunteers who work in the store and the store’s clientele. "We know our clientele," she said. "We make friendships with them." She said that Second Look was very excited to be able to make the recent donations to the UWKC and the CMC. "We find out where there’s a real need. The United Way bus will provide access to clients to transport them to places they need to go. The money for medications at the clinic will also help those who have real need for them," Sheheen said.
Earlier this year, Second Look provided scholarships for two Central Carolina Technical College students from Kershaw County. Sheheen said those scholarships were awarded to students who also had a real need for them.
Shell explained that the money the organization gives away comes from sales made in the store. With that, volunteers are essential. "We’re looking for volunteers to work in the store, helping customers," Shell said. "We also need people to help sort donations." Second Look also donates items to people in need in third world countries. Everything given to the store is used in some way, she said.
When it comes to making donations to the community, Shell stated, "Money we raise has to go towards something that benefits many." She said both donations were made to causes that help numerous people in the community.
UWKC President Donny Supplee discussed the agency’s need for the seven-passenger van that will be purchased with Second Look’s donation. "Hal (Storey) and I had been working on this for several years. Hal was very active in locating transportation for our clients," he said. Supplee said that at one time there had been an agreement between the UWKC and the Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to transport people in rural areas to the Holsten Center.
"They don’t do that anymore," Supplee said. "Hal was a part of the group that addressed the need for transportation in the county and we kept the bus effort alive in his memory." Currently, the UWKC has a 15-passenger van used to transport clients. "We realized that often we’d only have seven people in the van on a run," Supplee said. "A smaller vehicle would be more cost effective." He said he hopes to see the new van in use in the next few weeks.
Some of the types of runs clients will be taken to in the van include grocery shopping trips, doctor appointments and pharmacy visits. Though most trips will occur in Camden, Supplee said the van has gone out of the area before in necessary circumstances. "Lugoff Toyota has also been a great partner," Supplee said, noting that routine maintenance would be performed by the dealer.
Supplee said that he was "really happy about the donation from Second Look." Also happy about Second Look’s generosity was CMC Director Susan Witkowski.
"We’re very thankful for this support," Witkowski said. "The money was needed for medications for our patients. We’ve lost many pharmacy assistance programs and many medicines that were once $4 are no longer on that formulary." Medication prices have dramatically increased, Witkowski explained, offering the example that Doxycycline, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, "is now $115 for eight pills. It used to be $4. Synthroid, a thyroid medication, used to be $4 and is now $25," Witkowski said.
With rising pharmaceutical prices, the CMC has increased its budget to continuously provide medicine for patients, Witkowski said. "That’s where the donated money will go," she explained. "The process (CMC) went through with Second Look’s board to receive this was really great. They made sure our request fit their mission. I’m thrilled with their donation."
Second Look is located at 1010 Broad St. in Camden. For more information about the organization and how to donate or volunteer, call 432-0730.