Communtiy Bands Together to Help Harvest Hope Recover

5:53 PM, Feb 8, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The community has banded together to help Harvest Hope overcome their recent struggles after a
sprinkler head dumped 2,000 gallons of water in their warehouse two weeks ago.

On Saturday, the Boy Scouts delivered more than 5,000 pounds of food to the facility on Shop Road as part of the "Scouting for Food" annual food drive.

Tonia Greiner and her son's troop collected 833 pounds, which moved the mother of three to tears.

"Just seeing the back of the van full so much and knowing that you're just helping people is one thing, but when you realize the impact that that makes, hopefully it puts a lot of smiles on their
faces," said Greiner.

The organization has replenished the 13-14,000 pounds of food lost during the accident and says it's because of the community that they were able to bounce back so quickly.

"We've had a lot of people give saying 'I always give, but I'm giving a little extra this time," said chief operating officer Chris Daly. "That's been said a lot, so it's been really nice to see the community rally and help us out financially and with food donations."

Mast's General Store in Downtown Columbia has also contributed by donating $1 for every pound of candy sold over the weekend.

"It's a sad situation that it happened, but regarding our relationship and trying to get back on their feet and recover, it was a great, opportune time," said general manager Jeremy Becraft.
"Valentine's Day, people are coming in and buying candy."

Daly says it's times like these that prove the organization can overcome any hurdle and will continue to keep the mission going.

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