Community asked to contribute to local food drive

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By HEATHER RUPPE

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is actively hosting its annual community food drive to help local families this holiday season, and local authorities are asking for the public’s help to collect canned food.

The sheriff’s office conducts this food drive each year. The program is called “Helping All Neighborhoods,” and it was started by the sheriff’s office 13 years ago.

“Each year, the sheriff’s office collaborates with the valued community members and businesses to aid in donating goods and funding to support the cause,” said Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. Through the “Helping All Neighborhoods” food drive, or HANs, the sheriff’s office partners with the county’s Department of Social Services (DSS) office to get information about families who need help this holiday season. Additionally, the sheriff’s office works with local first-responders, who come in contact with families in need while “protecting and serving the community,” said Lowes.

“We continue our endeavors each year to combat hunger and bring comfort to the less fortunate in our area,” said Sheriff Buddy Hill.

Anyone wanting to donate to the food drive can take boxes of canned food or non-perishable food items to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, located at 394 Maple T. Willis Boulevard in Walterboro. 

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