Benevolent duo in Conway need help keeping the homeless warm


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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Hannah Lewis and her mother Jamie need Conway's help.

They are working hard to get donations to help the homeless in the area stay warm as cold winter weather approaches.

"These past few nights have been really cold and some people don't have any warm hats or gloves," Hannah Lewis, a sophomore at Conway High said. "They need it and we want to help them out, especially since it is Christmas."

Called the Winter Wear Drive, the Lewis family is partnering with Conway High's Anchor Club, Mason Temple Church of God in Christ in Conway and Walmart in Carolina Forest.

The duo will be at the Walmart in Carolina Forest Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. collecting items for the drive.

They are in need of new hats, gloves, socks, scarves and thermal underwear.

They need them in all sizes so they can help the 125 people (100 men and 25 women) that Street Reach Ministries in Myrtle Beach identified as people in need.

"We have already gotten quite a few packs of socks, but we really need everything for them," Jamie Lewis said.

The goal is to have two sets of thermal underwear, one pack of socks, one hat, one set of gloves and a scarf for each person.

They are also seeking monetary donations so the mother and daughter team can wrap all of the items and hand them out Christmas Eve at Street Reach.

"We thought it would be the perfect item for them for Christmas," Hannah Lewis said.

Jamie Lewis said she wants to put all the items in red gift bags with an inspirational note or prayer written on a card.

"I hope that this can inspire them and lift their spirits," she said.

Hannah Lewis said she is excited to be helping so many people.

"We are so blessed and grateful for what we have, and to be able to help others makes Christmas that much better," she said.

Hannah Lewis said she originally had the idea to hold a toy drive for young children, but after learning there were many adults who needed help she changed her focus.

"My mom suggested the idea of helping adults stay warm and I thought it was great," she said. "It was 28 degrees the night we decided to change the drive."

Jamie Lewis said she hopes this teaches her daughter how to serve others.

"It is so important to help someone who is less fortunate than you are," she said. "We are so blessed because we have a home and a warm place to sleep. These people don't and helping them will mean a lot to them."

If you can't make it to Walmart on Saturday to donate, Lewis said the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ has a donation box in the foyer. The church is located at 1501 Seventh Ave. in Conway.

Donations can be given to Kathryn Sessions at Conway High with the Anchor Club. The club is also heading up a coat drive.

Jamie Lewis said people can also call her at 855-6977 or email her at and she will arrange a time to pick up any items.

"We really hope we can make our goal Saturday at Walmart and so we need the community's help," she said.

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