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SC WIRE donates $6,440 in emergency supplies for displaced seniors

11053097_956990690991359_9042023610541377581_oWith help from co-op chapters across the state, SC WIRE has supplied 50 bags of supplies for displaced nursing residents to the S.C. Council on Aging.

Members of Women Involved in Rural Electrification chapters converged at the Cayce offices of the state co-op association on Thursday, March 12 to prepare bags with blankets, clothes, toiletries, pillows, towels, Depends and knitted items.

The knitted items11071117_956990687658026_8623213688153623543_o were handmade by a group from Horry Electric’s service area dubbed the Knit Wits. Beverley Grainger, an HEC member, and others in the group knitted hats, lap blankets and scarves and crocheted slippers. “She would bring them to the co-op for us,” says Susan Brown of HEC’s WIRE chapter. 

Peggy Dantzler of ECSC, who coördinated the event, said WIRE chapters around the state raised funds locally for the bags, spending $6,444.30, or about $128 per bag, to aid senior citizens. The Council on Aging will distribute the bags to residents of nursing homes that are closed suddenly due to safety regulations or DHEC compliance issues. Dantzler notes that a few co-ops as well as local co-op members and people donated funds for the third annual Co-op Closet.

WIRE is a community service group affiliated with co-ops across the state; the chapters collaborate through the statewide SC WIRE organization.

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