Community responds to calls for help

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One thing we love about our community is the willingness by many to serve and come together in times of need.

Time and time again the community has responded, whether it is to support a fundraiser for someone facing a medical emergency, unite in prayer or give money to a worthy cause.

Barnwell County is answering a call for help from the Axis I Center Food Bank.

The food bank, which serves thousands of people every year, completely ran out of food last week. All nine freezers and both pantry rooms were empty on Sept. 14.

As word spread of the need on social media last week, schools, organizations and individuals rallied to organize canned food drives. This includes all three public high schools which are using upcoming home football games to encourage fans to bring canned goods.

Think of the amount of canned goods that could be donated if each person who attends those football games donated one item. That would be thousands of canned goods.

We encourage everyone who is able to support these drives by donating at least one canned food item, but please give more if you can. The food bank does a lot of good in our community, so let’s show them how much we appreciate them.

You can also donate money or food items directly to the food bank. Axis I can purchase food from the Golden Harvest Food Bank in Aiken County for a fraction of the cost any of us will pay at the store. This means more good will be done per dollar donated.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time there has been a need at the food bank due to running out of food. Without the regular support of the community, it likely won’t be the last.

While it’s encouraging to see so many coming together to help, please consider donating regularly to the food bank.

It’s easy to forget how blessed we are as many of us have fully stocked pantries and refrigerators. However, that’s not the case for some of our neighbors who do not know where their next meal will come from.

Together we can make a difference and put a dent in hunger!