A Day of Giving: Can you spare just one can of food for the needy?
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- ABC News 4 is hosting a 'Day of Giving' on Monday that will focus on the Lowcountry Food Bank and their partner agencies.
In a push before Christmas, a donation barrel will be available in the lobby of ABC News 4 at 888 Allbritton Blvd. in Mount Pleasant for people to donate canned items for the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Partner agencies like Neighborhood House and Crisis Ministries will also be visiting our studios to talk about the hunger and homelessness need in our community.
Education is key: The Neighborhood House
The Neighborhood House provides education services such as G.E.D. preparation, basic skills, literacy training, computer education, a clothes closet, a food pantry, direct emergency financial assistance, and a five day per week soup kitchen that serves an average of 150 people a day.
"We are looking to help people build that self reliance, said Director Nikki Grimball. "Any need there is, there is an educational component that's connected to it. So if there is food, we're going to make sure that it's healthy food. If you need financial assistance, we're going to connect you to a budgeting program to try to get you beyond where you are in your current state. It's about elevating to the next level."
The Neighborhood House looks beyond material needs and focuses also on the needs of the individual.
"We all need nurturing," said Grimball. "If you go without nurturing you tend to have a lack of confidence and without the investment of a good mentor in your life or someone seeing it beyond the walls that you live in, then you resort to just living within those walls. It's social deprivation, a lack of investment, and we've got to do better."
The Neighborhood House is located at 77 America Street in Downtown Charleston. The charity is looking for volunteers, tutors and mentors and can be reached at (843) 723-7784.
More than just a warm meal: Crisis Ministries
Crisis Ministries is a charity that provides food, shelter and hope to Charleston's most vulnerable citizens.
"It's more than just a bed and a warm meal, it's providing programs that help people move beyond homelessness and return to a stable living situation," said Ann Jackson with Crisis Ministries.
The group aims to end homelessness one person at a time, one family at a time. It offers shelter, soup kitchen, veteran services, and homeless education and learning services.
"It really has to be done one person at a time," said Jackson. "Every person's situation is different and we hope that in providing those supportive services we do provide hope to people that they can put this period of homelessness behind them."
Crisis Ministries is found at 573 Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. They also have a location, The Palmetto House, in Summerville. They also have plans to open a new men's shelter in the Fall of 2014.
Officials say monetary donations are most needed at this time.
"Certainly we need food for our soup kitchen, things like canned vegetables, new towels and twin-sized sheets that we can give to the folks that come in and need our help," said Jackson. "Our greatest need right now is financial support to help us be able to provide things like power and running water to our clients, but also all those programs and services."
You can give in person, by phone (843) 723-9477, or online by clicking here.