Community raises $50K+ for principal using 2nd job to help students

VIDEO: Community raises $50K+ for principal using 2nd job to help students

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - When one North Charleston principal took up a night shift at Walmart to help low-income students, their community responded by raising tens of thousands of dollars for him.

Multiple nights a week, North Charleston High School Principal and Charleston County councilmember Henry Darby works at Walmart to help students that are going through financial hardships.

When local realtors and founders of online interview series, “Charleston County Saturdays” Jesse Rone and Mason Wright found out about Darby’s efforts to help students in need, they started a fundraiser to help.

“He’s just a truly unique individual, Mr. Darby is,” Wright said.

“We were thinking, he has donated $2,500 in the last six months. What if we just matched that and for the next six months?” Rone said.

In just five days, community members and people from across the country have raised more than $50,000 to help the principal.

“Darby’s been doing everything,” Wright said. “Paying bills, giving out meals, buying anything he can do.”

They say they hope the funds not only help Darby who has given up his money, sleep and time, but also helps families hurt during the pandemic.

“I think it’s going to be a big relief for families that are struggling even more during this entire pandemic,” Wright said.

Charleston County councilmembers commended Darby during last week’s council meeting.

“Mr. Darby is a true warrior, he loves his kids, he loves everybody.” Chairman Teddie Pryor said.

Pryor said he wants to help Darby in any way to continue his mission, without working the night shift.

“I am going to do all I can to do get you out of Walmart at night,” Pryor said.

Darby was not available Monday for a comment.

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