WIRE’s gifts help homeless students
Article was added on Friday, March 09, 2018
TEN DOZEN HOMELESS students around South Carolina will find life
a little easier, thanks to members of Women Involved in Rural
Members from WIRE chapters affiliated with electric cooperatives
across the state came together in Greenville on Tuesday, December 5
to put together bags of supplies for homeless youth. Each bag held
personal hygiene items as well as laundry detergent.
The 120 bags the community outreach groups filled will be
distributed to youth in need through the state Department of
Education, which has identified recipients in school districts
around South Carolina. For the project, called Kids Closet, members
of each of the 12 WIRE chapters across S.C. filled 10 bags -- five
for girls and five for boys.
"That's 10 kids that will get helped in your area," said Peggy
Dantzler, of SC WIRE, the coordinating organization for co-op
chapters. "There are a lot of homeless kids in our state. I don't
mean kids in foster homes, although that's tough, too. These are
kids who have nowhere to live. Their families move about from place
to place … but they still want to go to school."
Dantzler noted that local WIRE chapters already assist children
and families served by electric co-ops in other ways. Some chapters
of WIRE provide emergency assistance to families suffering after
house fires or other catastrophes. Chapters also provide local
scholarships to students in their area. Through SC WIRE, they all
help fund annual scholarships for women who want to continue their
education, the Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship, named after a
founder of WIRE.
Kids Closet is modeled after WIRE's annual Co-op Closet effort,
which for five years has provided personal supplies for displaced
nursing residents. The S.C. Council on Aging distributes the items
to residents of nursing homes that are closed suddenly due to
safety regulations or DHEC compliance issues. This summer, some
Co-op Closet supplies were given to victims of Hurricane Harvey in
Houston, Dantzler noted.
(editor's note) To learn more about the local WIRE chapter,
contact Mary Grace McGee at 843-355-0599 or email her at
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