Giving Thursday: Bluffton Self Help is asking for community donations as demand increases – WJCL News

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Bluffton Self Help handed out hundreds of meals Thursday to families who need them but because of an increase in demand due to COVID-19 they are now asking for community support. This is part of WJCL's Project Community: Giving Thursdays.For more than 33 years, Bluffton Self Help has served the Bluffton community and now they are seeing more people in need of food. We are seeing folks come in that have never needed help before that are really finding themselves in a situation that they never thought they would," said Kimberly Hall, executive director of Bluffton Self Help.People in the Bluffton community said they are very thankful for all the donations and community support during the pandemic."There is a need and anything they can donate is much appreciated," said Carol Hurst, who lives in Bluffton.Organizers said the need for supplies is even greater now."Right now we are serving around 320 families a week, which equates to over a thousand neighbors in Bluffton. That is about 12,000 pounds of food a week," said Hall.Organizers said the pandemic isn't going to stop them from making a difference. A lot of moderate income families are really struggling to make ends meet and putting that extra bowl of cereal and peanut butter on the table really makes a difference for them, said Hall.The coronavirus has caused big food drives to be canceled which is a major income of supplies for Bluffton Self Help. Now organizers are encouraging local neighborhoods to get involved. We would love if they would hold community food drives and have a central drop of point and deliver it here or we can come pick it up," said Hall. Organizers say your donations, whether financial or through a food drive, are making all the difference. It means a great deal to me because this will be whether I eat or starve. Because I am on disability and I dont have enough income to support going to the grocery store," said Hurst.Hall said for every $250 they can help feed a family of four for a year.Bluffton Self Help is offering free meals on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They have a drive through style pickup at their location in Bluffton. For more information on how you can donate items or moneyyou can go to Bluffton Self Help's website.

Bluffton Self Help handed out hundreds of meals Thursday to families who need them but because of an increase in demand due to COVID-19 they are now asking for community support.

This is part of WJCL's Project Community: Giving Thursdays.

For more than 33 years, Bluffton Self Help has served the Bluffton community and now they are seeing more people in need of food.

We are seeing folks come in that have never needed help before that are really finding themselves in a situation that they never thought they would," said Kimberly Hall, executive director of Bluffton Self Help.

People in the Bluffton community said they are very thankful for all the donations and community support during the pandemic.

"There is a need and anything they can donate is much appreciated," said Carol Hurst, who lives in Bluffton.

Organizers said the need for supplies is even greater now.

"Right now we are serving around 320 families a week, which equates to over a thousand neighbors in Bluffton. That is about 12,000 pounds of food a week," said Hall.

Organizers said the pandemic isn't going to stop them from making a difference.

A lot of moderate income families are really struggling to make ends meet and putting that extra bowl of cereal and peanut butter on the table really makes a difference for them, said Hall.

The coronavirus has caused big food drives to be canceled which is a major income of supplies for Bluffton Self Help. Now organizers are encouraging local neighborhoods to get involved.

We would love if they would hold community food drives and have a central drop of point and deliver it here or we can come pick it up," said Hall.

Organizers say your donations, whether financial or through a food drive, are making all the difference.

It means a great deal to me because this will be whether I eat or starve. Because I am on disability and I dont have enough income to support going to the grocery store," said Hurst.

Hall said for every $250 they can help feed a family of four for a year.

Bluffton Self Help is offering free meals on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They have a drive through style pickup at their location in Bluffton.

For more information on how you can donate items or moneyyou can go to Bluffton Self Help's website.

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