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Empty Stocking Fund returns

November 22, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Salvation Army offers a way to provide a better holiday season for those less fortunate.

The Empty Stocking Fund will return to the Pee Dee during the holiday season.

The fund helps provide toys for the children and provides Christmas meals for senior citizens and those who are less fortunate in the six-county area served by the Salvation Army of the Pee Dee. The six counties are Marion, Marlboro, Dillon, Darlington, Chesterfield, and Florence.

“The needs don’t stop just because Christmas is over,” Maj. Phil Murphy said. “We run 365 days a year, 24-7; we’re always here helping the community. Some people think of the Army, come Thanksgiving, we’re out there ringing bells and then we just disappear but we don’t. We’re out there 365 days a year.”

Murphy and his wife were helping out the Florence Salvation Army station after the major had a heart attack that happened one week after Hurricane Florence.

“It’s a great help; it really is a great help,” Murphy added.

Murphy and Heather Steverson of the Army stressed that Florence was especially in need this year. The area has been affected by two major hurricanes and the resulting floods this year alone. In some areas, people were still recovering from hurricanes in previous years.

“A lot of people are starting over,” Steverson said. “So, we’re here to serve them as well.”

To volunteer with the Empty Stocking Fund contact the Salvation Army of the Pee Dee at 843-662-4461.

To contribute, an empty stocking section is available in the Morning News and can be mailed to P.O. Box 4108, Florence, S.C., 29502.

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