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Summer of Caring collects $4K for Sumter United Ministries

Executive director thanks community for donations

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 9/11/19

Another summer of asking our readers to help those in need comes to a close with a final check.

The Sumter Item wrapped up its sixth-annual Summer of Caring fundraiser to benefit Sumter United Ministries, a nonprofit Christian ministry that …

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Summer of Caring collects $4K for Sumter United Ministries

Executive director thanks community for donations

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Another summer of asking our readers to help those in need comes to a close with a final check.

The Sumter Item wrapped up its sixth-annual Summer of Caring fundraiser to benefit Sumter United Ministries, a nonprofit Christian ministry that provides services to clients ranging from food and shelter to medical and educational needs. A total of $4,085.16 was collected this year, and every penny will go to the organization.

Donations last week after Aug. 26 include: Charlie Pitts, in honor of Jill Harvell, $25; Charlie Pitts, in honor of Roland Pitts, $25; Dorothy Cheagle, $100; Shaw Heights Baptist Church, Adult Sunday School Class, $100; in memory of John C. Mikell Jr. from Peggy and Nancy McCreight, $250; and Bonnie Moses, in memory of Judge Louis and Kathryn Rosen, $100.

SUM's executive director wrote a letter to round out his thoughts about this summer's donation drive:

I am very grateful for business alliance partner The Sumter Item for running its Summer of Caring fund again this year. It has benefited people in Sumter County through Sumter United Ministries since 2014.

The stories over the last few weeks barely scratch the surface of what this community does to help our neighbors. The Sumter Item does a wonderful job informing Sumterites of local news, and, sadly, that includes reporting tragedies, too. Many times the families of those tragedies come to our doors. We meet their needs as we are able, but more importantly they are met by a friendly stranger who listens to and prays with them. Hopefully, they leave with the means to avoid further trauma, but more importantly knowing that people care and that former strangers are now friends. Great things happen here at SUM because people demonstrate love for their neighbors by volunteering, financially giving and sometimes

by declaring Memorial Day to Labor Day a Summer of Caring.

I hope readers have felt a little more informed about the needs that we have in Sumter through the real-life stories we've shared each week and know that everyone can make a difference through SUM. Sumter United Ministries prepares a platform for you - churches, businesses, civic clubs and individuals - to responsibly remedy long-term and immediate needs such as utility disconnect, homelessness, food insecurity, a lack of clothing, eviction, living in an unsafe, wet, insecure and inaccessible home, primary medical care and prescriptions, education assistance, special projects, Gear Up For Learning, Giving Thanks dinner box program, Help An Angel Fly (Christmas program), disaster relief and more.

Lastly, it is not about any one of us. Corrie Ten Boom worded it perfectly when asked if it were difficult for her to remain humble. Her reply was simple. "When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments onto the road and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?" She continued, "If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in his glory, I give him all the praise and all the honor."

From one donkey to another.

Thank you,

Mark Champagne

Donations last week after Aug. 26 include: Charlie Pitts, in honor of Jill Harvell, $25; Charlie Pitts, in honor of Roland Pitts, $25; Dorothy Cheagle, $100; Shaw Heights Baptist Church, Adult Sunday School Class, $100; in memory of John C. Mikell Jr. from Peggy and Nancy McCreight, $250; and Bonnie Moses, in memory of Judge Louis and Kathryn Rosen, $100; and anonymous, $25.