FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Warm heads and full bellies this Christmas season for Florence School District One elementary students - the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Anthony's Church made 468 winter hats for the young boys and girls who receive meals through the Help for Kids Florence program. Volunteers of Help 4 Kids Florence will deliver the hats along with their weekly deliveries just before schools close for winter break on December 18, 2013.
Ruth Drelich, a member of the ministry at St. Anthony's said, "I am so happy to give to children in need. It pleases me to know that the children will be wearing the hats we made." Last September, Patti Mustro of St. Anthony asked The Shawl Ministry if they would be willing to help, and received an overwhelming response. Everyone was determined to meet the rising need as the number or students rose from 200 to 468. To make a donation to the Women of St Anthony Prayer Shawl Ministry call the church at (843) 662-5674.
Help 4 Kids Florence is trying to raise awareness and participation, so they are asking that everyone spread the word. Sustainability is vital for success and they are determined to help the community's children.
Help 4 Kids Florence is a non-profit organization that provides meals for students who are identified by school administrators as "at risk" for having little to no food available during the weekends and extended academic breaks. The program provides a bag of single-self serving food to each child every Friday. Florence District One hopes to extend the program to other areas in the Pee Dee. Help 4 Kids provides the meals for $10 a month per child. To find out more visit their website at help4kidsflorence.org or call to see how you can help at (843) 580-4111.