Oyster Roast turns Fish Fry for HALO Fundraiser

VIDEO: Oyster Roast turns Fish Fry for HALO Fundraiser

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - In Mount Pleasant, an oyster roast turned into a fish fry after flood water contaminated the oyster beds around the coast. The event was a fundraiser for HALOS, an organization that works to improve the lives of abused and neglected children.

"We're grateful for everybody who rolled with the changes and came out to have a good time with us today," says Executive Director of HALOS, Kim Clifton.

Clifton says even though there was an unexpected menu change the support for the cause is still there.

"We raise funds to provide a range of support for these families, we call them kinship families, where children are removed for their own safety from their homes, but relatives take them in," says Clifton.

Supporters gathered at Harborside East in Mt. Pleasant for live music, food, drinks and 120 pounds of fried fish.

"People have told me it doesn't matter what we were serving they're coming because of the reason...for the cause," says HALOS volunteer, Kelly Hodges.

Hodges helped plan the day of family fun.

"We have lots of activities for kids... a jump castle, a game truck, silent auction and lots and lots of food," says Clifton.

The organization will use the funds to provide a range of  resources for kinship families like support group meetings, educational opportunities for children and family events.

"Often when a relative takes kids in their homes they just don't know where to start," says Clifton. "If it's a grandparent maybe they haven't raised children in 30 years, if it's an aunt or uncle...they just need some help in the process."

For more information on HALOS visit: http://www.charlestonhalos.org/index.php.

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