MANNING - The Clarendon County Community Development Corp. received an early visit from Santa this past year when Sen. Kevin L. Johnson dropped by its offices at 625 Spencer St. to hand deliver a check for $100,000.
"I know that they do a lot of …
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"I know that they do a lot of great work on behalf of people who are less fortunate," Johnson said after presenting the check. "One of the things that I love most about being a state senator is that we have the chance to help people who have a legitimate need. It was the right thing to do."
Johnson said that after making the request to his fellow lawmakers that he "made sure that my colleagues in the House and Senate supported it and it was a done deal."
Clarendon County's senior statesman said that the additional funding would allow the CCCDC to help more Clarendon County residents with the assistance that they so desperately need.
On Dec. 16, the CCCDC launched a community initiative for low- to moderate-income families in Clarendon County to assist them with food, children's clothing or utility bill assistance in the amount of $150. All rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the South Carolina State Housing Trust Fund will be followed in allocating the assistance. The initiative ends on March 1. Applications for assistance may be picked up at the Spencer Street office between noon and 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Johnson also made a stop at the offices of Wateree Community Actions Inc.
WCAI, which serves Clarendon, Sumter, Kershaw, Lee, Williamsburg and Richland counties, was also the recipient of an early Christmas gift via Johnson when he presented that organization with a check for $250,000.
"In the case of Wateree, they help people who are less fortunate who need help," Johnson said. "They help with home energy assistance, home repairs and other needs."
Johnson said that people "sometimes have it hard and sometimes they just need a little help until they can make it until they can do better for themselves."
"We have people who have a need," he added. "Our folks pay taxes, and anytime I can do anything to bring something back to help those who are less fortunate, I am 100% behind that."
The mission of WCAI is to enhance the "social and economic self-sufficiency of low-income people and their environments" within the five-county region. The organization conducts a wide range of services and activities that work toward reducing poverty-related issues and making low-income and poverty-riddled neighborhoods a better place to live.
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