Students help prepare Thanksgiving care packages for seniors in Florence County

November 16, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — Fourteen Faith Christian Academy students and the Senior Citizen Association in Florence County teamed up Wednesday morning to pack 1,000 Thanksgiving care packages for the county’s shut-in and in-need senior citizens.

This is the sixth year the school has participated in the program, which has been in place for 11 years.

The outreach – the Thanksgiving Blessing – was initiated in 2008 by the late Bill Bradham, a Florence City Council member, and Florence businessman Bubby Floyd in response to the hunger that existed in the county’s senior community.

The Thanksgiving Blessing program is twofold in the county: a sit-down dinner was served earlier in November at the Leatherman Senior Citizens Center, the Lake City senior citizens center and the Timmonsville supplemental feeding center, said Jessica Horton with the association.

“It’s just a great, great opportunity for seniors to come in and get their dinner, which they probably wouldn’t have unless we provided it,” Horton said.

This year’s package includes canned goods donated by McCall Farms, boxes of stuffing purchased from a Florence-area grocer and a frozen hen.

The blessing packages will be distributed today and Friday.

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