Last weekend I hosted a great group of gals at my home for our annual Christmas party. I’m very proud and lucky to call these ladies my friends even though we could not be anymore different. We come from all over the Carolina’s. We are retired and still working. We are police officers, school teachers, musicians and farmers. We are Harley drivers, horseback riders, vintage trailer fanatics and some of us are old hippies. We are married, divorced, still single and widowed. We love the outdoors, camping (or maybe glamping), fly fishing, junking and sitting around campfires telling stories. We love to laugh, eat, drink, poke fun at one another and share our lives with each other. This past weekend, I found out that this group of ladies formally known as the Carolina Flyers, love to give. In lieu of a gift exchange we opted to donate to a local charity. And this past weekend I found out that this group of ladies are incredibly generous.
The charity we chose was Project HOPE in Rock Hill. Project HOPE is a Faith-Founded Crisis Assistance Ministry. Years ago in another town, I volunteered at a similar ministry and have always thought that every community would benefit from having something like it. I was very happy to learn that Rock Hill has such a ministry and this one is truly special. This past November, Project HOPE was awarded one of ten “2016 Angel” awards given by the South Carolina Secretary of State for financial excellence and integrity. With 80+ volunteers, Project HOPE is able to give back 95% of what they receive. Out of every dollar, 95 cents is returned to Rock Hill residents in need of help. That’s awesome.
Founded in 1975, Project HOPE’s mission is to minister to those families and individuals facing crisis situations within the Rock Hill area. Started by a few local church congregations to help families with day to day expenses when the textile mills were closing during the 1970’s, it is now the largest and oldest Christian crisis assistance program in Rock Hill. Project HOPE provides food, life-saving medicines and utility payments to families in need. When coming to Project HOPE for food, each family receives a full week of well balanced groceries. As a member of Second Harvest Food Bank, every $1.00 donated to Project HOPE can purchase 6 lbs of food. And every week, Project HOPE distributes approximately 6,000 pounds of food.
If you’re looking for a worthy cause to donate your time, money and resources to, then please consider Project HOPE. They are located at 411 Park Avenue in Rock Hill. Their hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:30-10:30 and for those working parents and caregivers, they are open Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30. If you are in a crisis situation and are in need, there is an application process. You’ll find more information on their website at http://www.projecthope-rockhill.org or you may call 803-328-8000.
I want to thank you in advance if you decide to donate and to my incredible and generous Carolina Flyer sisters – thank you, thank you, thank you. Your contributions fed almost five families for a week. You ladies are wonderful and it’s an honor to call you my friends. Ken and I proudly delivered your donations to Project HOPE this week. God Bless you all. Merry Christmas.