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DECEMBER 2020 - Focus on the Palmetto State

In our first segment, we spoke with Allie Van Dyke, Partnerships & Media Coordinator with The Blood Connection. Allie shared the impact that the global pandemic has had on the organization, including the necessity of implementing new safety precautions and stressing the importance of continued blood and plasma donations from the community. The requirements for donating blood and or plasma are that you must be at least 110 pounds, and you cannot be on an active antibiotic. The Blood Connection has also just launched a new campaign entitled, “Turn Positive Into A Positive.” The purpose of the campaign is to take plasma donations that likely contain antibodies from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and give them to patients who are currently battling COVID-19, which could potentially boost their immune system. If anyone is interested in learning more about The Blood Connection or scheduling a blood drive, they should visit the website at bloodconnection.org.

In segment two of the show, we spoke with Major Andrew Kelly, Commander of the Greenville area Salvation Army. Major Kelly shared with us that the mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel and to meet human needs in Christ’s name without discrimination. Some of the programs and ministries that the Salvation Army operates include a men’s shelter, a women and children’s shelter, and financial assistance programs. With the Christmas holidays approaching, the Salvation Army has already begun the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign at various locations. The goal is to raise $371,000.00 for the year. In addition to this campaign, the Salvation Army is also accepting donations in the forms of canned food, gently used clothing, and furniture at their family stores around the upstate. If anyone wants to learn more about this organization, they should visit the website at salvationarmygreenville.org.

In the third and final segment, we focused on Pendleton Place, an organization that seeks to aid the community’s most vulnerable women and young people. We spoke with Jed Dews, the Executive Director of the organization. Jed shared with us that the organization offers an array of programs, including a facility for young people who have experienced homelessness or trafficking called the Youth Resource Center, a residential home for teenage girls called the Smith House, transitional off-site apartments, and cottages for foster care children. With the Christmas holidays approaching, the community can assist Pendleton Place by visiting their website and donating to their holiday wish list. If anyone is interested in volunteering or learning more about the organization, they can visit their website at pendletonplace.org.

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