Press Release: Harrison Helps, Community Partners Provide School Supplies to 828 Children in Need

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Columbia, S.C. — This past weekend, Harrison Helps, the community service arm of the Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate campaign, assisted nonprofits and community organizations to provide school supplies to 828 children in three areas across South Carolina. This is the second annual school supply drive supported by Harrison Helps.  

“When we fall on hard times, South Carolinians reach out to each other and lend a helping hand,” Harrison said. “As our state battles the coronavirus and rising unemployment, too many families are struggling to pay the bills, put food on the table and prepare their children for the school year. I began Harrison Helps for moments just like this — because the job of an elected official is to help people, and I’m not waiting until November to do so.” 

From August 28 to August 30,  Harrison Helps supported community organizations and nonprofits to distribute school supplies to 828 children. The breakdown of supply distribution is below:  

  • 828 children helped in three regions: 556 in North Charleston, 170 in Orangeburg, 102 in Williston 
  • Over $15,000 worth of school supplies distributed
  • 30 volunteers coordinated 

Harrison Helps volunteers included Marvin Pendarvis, State Representative for District 113; and Liz Keitt, Councilwoman for Orangeburg District 5. 

The volunteers supported Community Resource Center representatives in North Charleston; Boys and Girls Club representatives in Orangeburg; and representatives from the non-profit DIG in Williston. Harrison Helps also partnered with ICNA Relief which donated supplies for distribution.

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