HOPE owes success to strong support

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Sept. 28, was a fantastic day at HOPE in Lancaster, thanks to a special group of people.
On that Saturday morning, the S.C. Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association met at the Barron Lodge in Heath Springs.
From that point, the riders traveled around Lancaster County to lodges that had food donations ready for pick-up.
Their stops for the day included Flat Rock, Macedonia, Wannamaker, Camp Creek, Indian Land and Jackson lodges.
The last stop of the day was HOPE, where the donations were unloaded and hauled into the food pantry.
While at HOPE, we were treated to a delicious meal provided by Sonic and Captain’s Galley. Sonic’s manager, Jeff, and his staff were generous enough to stay and serve the riders.
After the meal, wonderful door prizes were given and many items were auctioned,  with proceeds benefitting HOPE.
As a result of their efforts, a total of $4,749 was raised and 1,005 pounds of food were collected.
A special “thank you” goes to John and Colby Carter for all the work they put into this successful event.
Without folks like the Widows Sons and other civic organizations, HOPE could not help the residents of Lancaster County and Fort Lawn with their short-term emergency needs.
It is because of the generosity and willingness of organizations such as these that HOPE continues on with its mission.

Ann Blackmon
Rhonda Hare
HOPE interim