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Families Helping Families 2009

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The annual Families Helping Families phone bank begins on Monday, November 16 and runs through Wednesday, November 25.  In today's tough economic times, WIS Television and Palmetto Project need your help more than ever.  This year, Dodgeland of Columbia has joined us as a major corporate sponsor. 

JT Gandolfo, President and Owner of Dodgeland, is encouraging the people of the Midlands to open their hearts to this year's drive. "As a business owner, I understand just how deeply the economy has impacted our community and our neighbors.  I encourage everyone, especially other businesses, to be generous this year in support of Families Helping Families.  It is an uplifting opportunity to help some of the least fortunate in our area."

For 2009, Families Helping Families is trying to assist 1,600 needy families and individuals during the holiday season. We also are looking for volunteers to help us in the effort help the less fortunate in our community.

During the phone bank, you can call 758-1020 to adopt a family between 9am and 8pm. Anyone can adopt a family -- individuals, families, community groups, church groups, businesses or schools. The recipient families were selected and nominated for the program earlier in the year from various agencies around the Midlands.  Unfortunately, no additional families can be accepted into the program at this time.  

Now in its 19th year, Families Helping Families provides assistance to as many needy families in our Midlands community (Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield Counties) as we can. Last year, the project was able to provide gifts for 1,600 families and individuals. Our distribution center was stuffed with packages and bicycles!

Palmetto Project has volunteer opportunities available at the WIS phone bank at our studio in downtown Columbia and at the gift distribution warehouse at the Parkland Plaza shopping center in Cayce. If you'd like to volunteer to work with Families Helping Families, download this form and mail, fax, or email  it to:

Palmetto Project
Attn:  Families Helping Families
4500 Fort Jackson Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29209

Fax: 803-212-7124

Email: fhfcolumbia@palmettoproject.org

You can also call Nell Killoy at 779-4875.

The 2009 Families Helping Families opportunities include the following times and dates:

WIS Television, 1111 Bull St., Columbia from 9am-12:30pm or 12:30-4:30pm

  • Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20
  • Monday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 25

Parkland Plaza shopping center, 833 State St., at the corner of Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, weekdays from 8am to 1pm or 1pmto 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 6pm.

  • Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4
  • Saturday, December 5
  • Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11
  • Saturday, December 12

For further information about Families Helping Families, call 779-4875 or email fhfcolumbia@palmettoproject.org

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