Marines volunteer at Beaufort church

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) – Some marines helped bring down a Beaufort home that will be replaced with a brand-new one from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team, but others volunteered at the church where the winning family helps out.

Staff Sgt. William Dickinson of Marine Logistics Squadron 31 and his wife, India, and five children, Grant, 16; Briana, 14; James, 10; Robin, 8; Sophia, 1, were selected from hundreds of candidates to get their home torn down and get a new one built in its place. The home is at 45 Mystic Circle in Beaufort.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 2-73 volunteered at Praise Assembly Church of God in Beaufort, where India Dickinson and her family help out.

It's all part of the church's Praise Cares outreach program.

"Every Wednesday we serve hot meals and put together a bag of groceries for whoever needs it. It's a ministry we started a year ago today and it started very humbly, had two to three people come in," said coordinator Mike McCaskey.

The church serves more than a 150 hot meals a week. It's a mission in which the Dickinson family participates.

"That's something we take a lot of pride in is making sure we do for others," India Dickinson said.

"She's here every Wednesday, scooping up salad. She does whatever she can to help. This is a very important thing for her from how her past was when she was younger. So helping the homeless and needy is something she loves and has a great love for," said India Dickinson's friend Holly Webb.

"Makes me feel good in side, helping someone out," said Aenoi Luangxay of the Marine Wing Support Squad 273.

"It actually feels good and I'd like to come back," said Corey Tuttle with the Marine Wing Support Squad 273.

"We wanted to be an outreach to the community, support the community, it's a community function, that's one thing the military does is to support the community," said Chaplain Allen Presser.

Holly Webb says she grateful for the extra hands.

"Most days we are packed with people, and we don't have enough hands so to have the marines here, helping is a complete blessing," she said. "Usually it takes us forever to do the dishes and for three of them doing it, it's fast, so it's really good."

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