Harrison Helps During the COVID-19 Outbreak

One of the things I’m most proud of on this campaign is our Harrison Helps service initiative. When I decided to run for the Senate, I made sure that we were going to make time to help folks NOW, not just to tell them what we will do once I’m elected. I want people to trust that when they cast their vote for me in November, they are voting for someone with a heart for service and who will make it their mission to help people in anyway possible.

Since we held our first event in August, we’ve partnered with all kinds of community organizations to do school supply drives, cook meals for those in need, host resume-building workshops, and much, much more.

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I’ve made it clear that I don’t want these projects to stop now, not when we need to look out for each other more than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. As part of that effort, we’ve compiled a list of ways for you to do your part in your local community. I hope these resources are helpful and that you are able to take some time to help out your neighbors and community members.

And, when the circumstances are appropriate, I’m looking forward to seeing you all out in person at our next Harrison Helps service project!

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General Ways to Support

Contact local colleges in your area and ask what supplies are needed for students who were not able to travel home and are housed on campuses that have not completely closed.

Send gift cards or hot meals to local EMS, nursing home, hospital, postal/parcel, pharmacy, and sanitation workers via food delivery services.

Contact local shelters for the unhoused and ask for ways to provide tangible and monetary donations.

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Food Banks

Harvest Hope

Has three locations that serve a majority of South Carolina. Online monetary donations are the greatest need at the moment.

MidlandsThis location serves the following counties: Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties

2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: (803) 254–4432, Fax: (803) 254–6011

Pee Dee — This location serves the following counties: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marlboro and Marion counties.

2513 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501

Phone: (843) 661–0826, Fax: (843) 661–0699

Upstate This location serves the following counties: Greenville, Laurens

2818 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611

Phone: (864) 281–3995

Lowcountry Food Bank

Serves the following 10 counties: Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown, Williamsburg, Horry, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, and Hampton

2864 Azalea Drive, Charleston, SC 29405

Phone: (843) 747–8146, Fax: (864) 281–3998

Golden Harvest Food Bank

Serves a 25-county area in the Aiken-Augusta region

Aiken Contact: Grace Rankin 803 648 0750

81 Capital Drive, Aiken, SC 29803

Phone: (803) 642-2912

Hours: M-F 8 AM-12 PM, 1 PM-5 PM

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Serves a 24 county area in the Rock Hill- Charlotte region

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

All three homes located in South Carolina have suspended their volunteer make a meal program for health and safety reasons. For those that wish to help, you can virtually sponsor a meal for the staff to prepare. Please see the information below on how to donate a meal.

Charleston

Contact: Abby Henry

“We’re asking past and current meal groups to donate ingredients or funds for meals so that the staff can continue to provide 3 meals a day.”

https://www.rmhcharleston.org/donate/

Columbia

Contact: Lydia Knox

“We are in need of supplies to feed our families and open to having meals catered. Those interested can call the house to set up a date. All of our “sign up” links have been disabled to keep groups from signing up during this time, unfortunately. But every date is available until April.”

Phone: 803–254–3181

Greenville

Contact: Katie Clark

Supporters can donate groceries for dinner we prepare in your name, a gift card so that we may shop and prepare the evening meal, or you can call a local restaurant to have a meal catered for our families. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. To book a “Taste of Home”, contact Katie Clark our Volunteer/Communications Coordinator kclark@rmhcarolinas.com

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Lowcountry Continuum of Care

Will be collecting donations for hygiene kits to distribute for those who are unhoused. For more information on how to assist, contact Grace Orr at gorr@lowcountrycoc.org.

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