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GivingTuesday is held at Bennettsville Community Center

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019

GivingTuesday is held at Bennettsville Community Center

Philanthropy was on display at GivingTuesday Pee Dee in Marlboro County on Tuesday.
Various nonprofits in the county shared information about their organizations along with receiving donations.
Marian R. Davis, founder of Tea Time for Teens, had a display set up with various information about the organization and teacups.
To her, volunteering is as easy as having a cup of tea. 
“Teens want to be listened to,” Davis said. “We work with people in learning how to talk to them. It will not only benefit the teen but the person working with them as well.”
Tea Time for Teens is more than a teen pregnancy prevention program but a chance to provide youth with leadership development and exposure to colleges.
Davis said they have plans to volunteer with the Community Kitchen during the holiday.
She enjoyed participating in Giving Tuesday because it gave the program some publicity. 
Davis brought canned goods and money so we could give to other groups. 
“We are not just about receiving but we are about giving as well,” she said. “We have given and we have received. We have gotten donations.”
Nonprofits at the event included Community Kitchen of Bennettsville, Welvista, Pee Dee Coalition, Marlboro County Coordinating Council, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Love Beyond Bars; Drug Free Marlboro; Marlboro and Dillon 4-H, Northeastern Rural Health Network, The Humane Society of Marlboro County, eHealth Medical Systems, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, Tea Time with Teens, Agape Hospice Foundation, Friends of MWE Library, I Love Club, SC Thrive Community Benefits, Service Member Family Care (SMFC)/ SCNG, and Marlboro County Long Term Recovery Group. 
GivingTuesday was a global day of giving that unites the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. 
Sarah Shelley, executive director of Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, coordinated GivingTuesday Pee Dee in Bennettsville and Florence.
“It has been slow but steady,” she said. 
She noted organizations were receiving items along with checks being dropped off. 
“People are learning about organizations they didn’t know that much about before,” Shelley said. “A big part was helping other nonprofits connect. I am proud of how much networking is going on.”
Nichole Gibson wore two hats at the Giving Tuesday. She represented Welvista and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
“Giving Tuesday is a necessary event that should happen more frequently than once a year,” she said.
Welvista is a free prescription medication program for uninsured individuals. 
Gibson also volunteered with Harvest Hope Food Bank and has seen how some in the Pee Dee struggle with not having food in their homes. 
Harvest Hope Food Bank services the Pee Dee Region of the state, which includes Marlboro, Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee, Dillon, Marion, and all the surrounding counties. 
“There is such a great need especially this time of the year,” she said. “The need is greater especially when the children come home for the holidays.”
Barbara Stephens, CEO of Bread of Life Food Pantry, thought Giving Tuesday was a fantastic event. 
“It has given Bread of Life a chance to connect with some of the people in other businesses in the community,” she said.
While there she received many donations that she didn’t expect to get.
“I have made some connections today where I am going to be putting some things together to introduce some of these people to people we serve regularly that can use the help,” Stephens said.
Gailon Wisdom, the outreach coordinator at Man2Man, felt GivingTuesday was a wonderful initiative. 
“It is important for people to understand that giving is important especially to nonprofit organizations,” he said. “It is important to get all of us in one location and allow people to learn more about the entities in Marlboro County.

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