Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Felician Center in Kingstree, SC, has distributed food every Tuesday to residents of Williamsburg County in the form of bags of groceries, bagged lunches, or gift cards to local grocery stores.
“Whenever the clients line up for the giveaways, they never know what the ‘gift’ might be that they are blessed to receive,” said Felician Center Director Sr. Mary Susanne Dziedzic. “All kinds of church groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals from near and far ‘donate,’ ‘share,’ ‘bless’ people in need with their generous hearts.”
On Tuesday, October 20, Williamsburg Regional Hospital prepared 85 bag lunches for distribution from the Felician Center. The hospital CEO and Hospital Foundation Director Fran Clowney were both on site for the distribution.
In addition, Pee Dee Catholic Charities received a grant from the Black River United Way and provided $3500 worth of grocery gift cards to Food Lion and Walmart to 70 households serving 178 individuals. Michele Corkum and Amber Anderson from Catholic Charities registered clients.
Clients starting lining up at 7 a.m. for the 9 a.m. distribution and, according to Sr. Susanne, all was gone within 45 minutes. “And, yes," she said, “others needed to be turned away. There will never be enough to feed everyone. But even when they are turned away, you can hear some of them say ‘thank you’ and ‘God bless you, Sisters' for taking care of us.”
The Felician Center is a ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America serving the community of Kingstree, SC. To learn more, please visit their website at www.feliciancentersc.org.