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Darlington County School District providing flood relief

Darlington football team unloading donated clothes Darlington football team unloading donated clothes
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DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Several schools in Darlington County are doing what they can to help support people affected by the flood damage. They are collecting items and passing them out to communities hit the hardest. The generosity continued Friday night at the Hartsville vs. Manning football game.

Hartsville High School is one of those schools helping out flood victims, and all week students and staff collected Walmart and Lowe's gift cards to donate to the Manning community during half time of Friday night’s game.

School administrators handed over more than $2,000 to the Manning Athletic Director to give to residents in need. Phyllis Griggs, the Hartsville Athletic Director says, “There wasn't a road going into Manning or a road coming out, they couldn’t get a single player or anybody on campus to even practice football, so we got together as a region to decide how to help with scheduling and it so happens this was the next game that came up and it was the perfect opportunity for us to help them.”

The varsity football team from Darlington High school unloaded boxes of donated clothes today that will also go to flood victims in Manning. Volunteers from Fire and Police Departments have provided paper products, toiletries and water bottles.

Greg Harrison, Darlington High School’s principal says the school’s students are the driving force behind it all. “It’s been amazing, and really our students initiated this. They came to me and said the next three opponents we are playing were hit hardest from the storm and our student government and our key club, our JAG program all our student organization and said we want to do something for the folks that were hit by the flood, so it was student initiated and seeing students involved has been a great thing,” said Harrison.

The flood relief has been a school district wide effort. Darlington County school administrators say football games have brought communities together, and it has been the perfect way to reach out to people. 

Darlington High School will continue to collect donations until their football team plays Manning High School in a rescheduled game on November 6 where the bulk of what they collected will be go to that school.

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