August 10, 2017

South Carolina fatherhood program’s back-to-school giveaway featured in My Horry News

A Father's Place, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, recently gave away school supplies to more than 200 students before they returned to school near the end of August. My Horry News published the following article about the event.

A Father's Place provides school supplies for hundreds in Loris

August 7, 2017

By Scott Harper

More than 200 young people in the Loris area have most of the supplies they need to return to school on Aug. 23, thanks to an outreach conducted by A Father’s Place on Aug. 4.

Tables full of book bags and other items such as paper, pencils, crayons, pens, and notebooks filled a room at the Kingston Lake Education and Business Center during the giveaway.

It was the first year A Father’s House has done the giveaway in Loris. They were in Conway on Saturday, Aug. 5 holding another Back to School Bash.

“We do them all over the place at recreation centers and community centers. It saves people a lot of money. And it helps people with multiple kids get the supplies they need,” Joe Pruden said.

Some of the supplies were purchased by A Father’s Place and some were donated.

According to Loris Middle School teacher Eugene Bellamy, more than 200 book bags were given away in Loris. More than 300 were given away at the Conway event.

The mission of A Father’s Place is to engage and empower fathers in the positive support of their children through goal-oriented programs that enable them to find stable employment, practice healthy parenting, and gain hope for the future of their family.

While the students were at the center, they also got a chance to learn more about Coastal Carolina University. Michaela Brewer was manning a table CCU had set up next to where the supply giveaway was taking place.

“We are doing a community outreach. Giving away stickers and starting to develop an interest in CCU among the young people,” said Brewer, a CCU Admissions Coordinator, said. “Hopefully they will have a passion for Coastal.”

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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