'Homelessness' cause stands tall on last day

By Alan Campbell email

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the last 11 years, "Stand Down to Homelessness" has been assisting homeless veterans and people in need. Each year the organization holds a two-day drive to assist as many people as possible.

Working from the Armory in North Charleston Thursday, members of "Stand Down" helped more than 450 homeless people in the first 90 minutes. By the end of the day, they helped nearly 1,200 people.

Organizers think the numbers for Friday will be just as large.

The VA Medical Center and Goodwill have teamed up to provide free haircuts, clothing, dental screenings and food to those in need.

"Stand Down to Homelessness" Chairman Dr. Hugh Myrick says every year is a different story.  "Year after year we see so many from our community who are in need."

With the lingering effects of a weak economy and a slow climb out of a global recession, more people are looking for assistance -- especially when it comes to the small necessities, Myrick said.

The number of people who come through the program speaks for itself, but the amount of joy that these people get from this event is endless.

"These are the best days of my job all year long.  You really make a difference," Myrick said.

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