Troubled youth program makes big donation to Harvest Hope

Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - An organization aimed at helping troubled Pee Dee youth turn their lives around is making more than $600 in food donations to the Florence branch of the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The office of 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements will make the donation on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Harvest Hope warehouse at 2513 W. Lucas St. in Florence. The donations were gathered in part from the efforts of the Juvenile Arbitration Office.

"Solicitor Clements's Juvenile Arbitration program provides a double benefit to the Florence community by giving young people the opportunity to turn their lives around through community service while giving to the needy," said Harvest Hope's Pee Dee Branch Manager Michael Murphy. "Their 277 pound donation last November through this program did much to feed the hungry in the Pee Dee, and we will put this recent donation to good use right away."

The Juvenile Arbitration Program is designed to divert first time non-violent/non-status offenders out of the Family Court system and into an informal arbitration setting that is operated by trained, committed volunteers using the Restorative Justice Model.

The program has partnered with Harvest Hope Food Bank in order to teach the lessons of making the right choices and bring the blessings of giving to young people passing through the Arbitration Program.

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