A different type of occupy movement at homeless shelter

Published: Nov. 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of people occupied Walnut Street in downtown Charleston for a good cause.

"With the Occupy Wall Street movement going on this would be a great time to use that for a little bit different cause, to make people aware of hunger right here in Charleston," Crisis Ministries CEO Stacey Denaux said.

Crisis Ministries is the largest homeless services provider statewide, serving more than 200,000 meals in the soup kitchen a year. The occupy event was to help collect canned goods and other non-perishables to support the cause for the holidays and winter months.

"It's very important, especially this time of year because there are so many that need help that are just out on the street. They need warmth and food, and they need all of our help," Tamika Ravenell said.

Each year the week before Thanksgiving is "National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness" week. All week long schools, communities, and charities like the Crisis Ministries take part in events like the food drive, to spread awareness of the problem.

As people donated food to fill the Crisis Ministries truck, local food trucks rolled out to show their support to end hunger.

"I have tried Taco Boy, Diggity Donuts, Roti Rolls, so the majority of the trucks here," Kristin Midgett said.

Some of the food trucks even took part in the charitable giving, donating all tips received to the cause. Crisis Ministries says the months of November and December are when the charity ends up receiving 99% of all its donations or food needs for the entire year.

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