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Fraternity donates water for Hartsville church to distribute

September 20, 2018

HARTSVILLE, S.C.— Social media helped a Hartsville church to feed first responders and those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Tyrone Lynn, a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church and the Hartsville chapter of Omega Psi Phi, explained that Tuesday evening the church had hosted a dinner for first responders and those affected by Hurricane Florence.

The Rev. Reginald Floyd added that he had always had a vision of ministry serving the community beyond the walls of the church and that his vision was shared by the members of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

The dinner became an instant hit on the social networking site Facebook and after the dinner, Lynn was contacted by the Florence chapter of Omega Psi Phi, which offered to provide water for the next meal.

“So, we provided food to first responders and those who had been displaced,” Lynn said. “The chapter of Omega Psi Phi in Florence saw what we were doing on Facebook and then they said, ’Hey, we’ve got this water we are providing to people. So, they contacted me because I’m a member of the Hartsville chapter and said, ’Hey, do you guys need water?”

Omega Psi Phi provided over 60 cases of water.

Thursday afternoon, the water had arrived and was resting near the door. Shortly after 4 p.m., Morris Goodman and Lt. Tenyonde Richardson of the Hartsville Police Department and Capt. K.C. Capers of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office arrived to pick up two cases of water for their departments. The remainder of the water will be distributed by the church.

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