South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers visited The Lord Cares food bank in Darlington last week to deliver a special holiday gift: a donation check that will enable TLC to feed many hungry people in the new year.
“We want to say how thankful we are to the Highway Patrol for this donation, and for all they do keeping us safe on the highway,” said Frank Helms with The Lord Cares.
“We enjoy helping you all out, especially during the Christmas season. That’s what we do our golf tournament for, so that we can help everybody in the eight counties that we serve,” said SCHP Capt. Joe Nell.
Nell explained that for the past 24 years, the South Carolina Highway Patrol has staged an annual golf tournament where all proceeds benefit charity. He said that initially, the donation went to one agency, but now SCHP distributes these gifts among several charitable organizations in each troop’s service area. SCHP’s gift to The Lord Cares totaled $1,000, which Helms said would come in very handy.
Though The Lord Cares always needs donations of non-perishable canned and boxed items for their food pantry, Helms says canned meats and canned fruits are especially welcome, as are school supplies such as pencils and pens, notebooks and paper.
The Lord Cares, located at 201 Grove Street in Darlington, is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon.
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