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01/04/06

Low Country Aid Agency Reopening After Fire

They're the place people turn to in times of need, but this summer a fire nearly destroyed Help of Beaufort building. Now things are looking up for them and for the people they serve.

The fire may have temporarily shut down the Help of Beaufort headquarters, but it certainly didn't stop volunteers from helping needy people in the area. In fact, while many of the volunteers have helped to get the nonprofit up and running, others continued the mobile meals program, delivering 70 meals a day.

"It means a lot to me," said recipient John Davis. "I'm in a wheel chair, and when you're in a wheel chair you need as much help as you can get."

And volunteers like Lee Hunley are happy they'll now be able to help more people by opening up their food and clothing pantry.

"We've been working, getting ready for this for quite some time," Hunley said. "And so many people come by and ask, 'When are you going to open?' And it makes you feel good knowing you're doing something for them, that they're asking when they can get back in."

"They come in and they look through the clothes and find something they want--need--to walk out with warm jackets on in the winter when they came in in a T-shirt, is a nice feeling to see that," said volunteer Steve Curless.

Although it's been a lot of hard work getting this place back in order, volunteers say it's all worth it. "It feels good, worthwhile," said Rose Snyder.

"It gives us those people back to us," said Hunley. "That we can work with and try to do little things to help them, make life a little better."

Help of Beaufort hasn't officially opened its doors yet, but they're hoping to in the next few weeks. They rely on donations from churches and individuals to continue their services, helping people not only with clothing and meals, but also financial assistance with electric bills, even mortgage payments. Anything to help others.

If you'd like to help, clothing and food donations can be dropped off at Help of Beaufort, 1910 Baggett Street in Beaufort, Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm. Send financial donations to:

Help of Beaufort
PO BOX 472
Beaufort, SC 29901

You can call them at 843-524-1223.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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