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Community effort gets area kids ready to head back to school

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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

"I have wipes and markers and coloring pencils, sharpeners, notepads," said one recipient of a community's kindness as she looked through the new school supplies she's picked up.

The young girl's grandmother, Delores Dawson, is taking care of her and six other siblings. She admits it's a financial strain to shop for school supplies and new clothes this year.

Dawson says, "this will make a big difference. Because of my income I couldn't get everything I needed for them."

Dawson's grandchildren are among an estimated 700 children who are being helped by a program run by the HALOS organization. The group helps Lowcountry children in difficult situations.

"We work in partnership with DSS (Department of Social Services) to help children who have open cases of abuse and neglect," says Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS.

On Thursday afternoon, HALOS teamed with Trident United Way's Young Philanthropists Society to distribute the donated supplies and clothing, while holding a party for the kids.

Clifton says it's a big effort to bring all this together. Hundreds of businesses and faith based organizations chip in to make it work.

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