Hundreds of gift cards given to those needing grocery help Monday

VIDEO: Hundreds of gift cards to be given to those needing grocery help Monday
A look at the gift card
A look at the gift card

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Star Gospel Mission in downtown Charleston is making sure people have enough to eat, past the big Thanksgiving feast.

The mission handed out hundreds of Bi-Lo gift cards, worth $60, to more than 750 men and women in need Monday morning.

The giveaway began at 7:30 a.m. at the mission on 474 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.

"I get it every year. I appreciate the gift card they give me. They help me get food and things when I need it," said Shirley Biley as she was waiting in line.

Officials said anyone interested had to be at least 30 or older and show a valid ID and Social Security Card. There was a limit of one gift card per person.

According to representatives, individuals in need were able to pick a card up for themselves and no one else.

Recipients can head to Bi-Lo and buy whatever they want, except for alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets.

Last year, over 700 food cards were distributed.

The annual event started more than 15 years ago.

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