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Groups collecting school supplies

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By Jesef Williams

A number of drives are being held throughout the county to help area children get what they need for the start of school next week.

Here’s information about a few:

Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop

Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop began a school supply drive in July that will run through Friday, said shop owner Gonzie Mackey. The target group is from kindergarten through third grade.

In the past, the shop fixed bicycles and gave them to needy children for free, but now the shop is also collecting supplies. So far, it has given away about $500 in supplies, Mackey said.

“We ran out of supplies,” Mackey said. “So if people want to donate, they still can (through Friday).”

For details or to donate items, visit the shop at 1777 Great Falls Highway Highway, call 287-3556 or send mail to P.O. Box 426, Lancaster, SC 29721.

Samaritan’s Feet

Samaritan’s Feet, which helps people around the world get new shoes, is coming to Lancaster County for the first time.

Four area churches are serving as locations where children may get a free pair of new shoes. The participating churches are:

• Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road, 286-8567

• Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, 286-5683

• First Baptist Church in Kershaw, 210 N. Matson St., (803) 475-3721

• Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, 283-2015

The distribution of the shoes at the church sites will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

Ron Caskey, a local Samaritan’s Feet coordinator, said 1,000 pairs of shoes are available for giveaway – 250 at each church.

They will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recipients will also have the chance to have their feet washed while receiving God’s message, Caskey said.

“They’ll have a wonderful opportunity to hear about Jesus and have a new pair of tennis shoes to wear to school,” Caskey said.

You are encouraged to donate at least $5, which will help pay for another pair of shoes that can be given to a needy child. Volunteers are always needed as well, he said.

For details about Saturday’s giveaway or to donate to Samaritan’s Feet, contact one of the four churches, call Caskey at 320-4987 or visit www.samaritansfeet.org.

Stuff the Bus campaign

The United Way of Lancaster County is in the middle of its Stuff the Bus school supplies drive.

Carolyn Petroski, director for the local United Way, said the campaign began July 26 and runs through Friday.

Most of the focus is on getting school supplies for the elementary students, she said.  

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

• Barnett Family Practice, 1228 Colonial Commons, Lancaster

• Barnett Family Practice Carolina Lakes, 7666 Charlotte Highway, Suite 120, Indian Land

• Hi Lites, 110 S. Main St., Lancaster

• State Farm Insurance (Janice Mathis), 306 N. Main St., Lancaster

ª Heath Springs Dental Associates, 14 N. Main St., Heath Springs

• American Home Patient, 1112 Woodland Drive, Suite E, Lancaster

• Lancaster Jewelers, 1548 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster

• Carolina Chiropractic and Wellness, 8763 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land

• United Way of Lancaster County, 109 S. Wylie St., Lancaster

On Monday, Petroski didn’t have a count on the amount of supplies donated at all locations, but said things at United Way’s office had been going pretty well.  

“Our box is almost full,” she said about the donations. “I just appreciate people supporting us and all the other drives.”

If you have information about any other drives going on in the county, contact The Lancaster News at 283-1152.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152