Damaged teacher supply closet gets restocked

By Valencia

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - It's been more than a week since the Teacher Supply Closet was damaged by heavy rain. Now, just nine days later, the non-profit is fully restocked and ready to give back.

"Today has been like Christmas in September," said Yvonne Orr, chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Teachers Supply Closet. "It is absolutely amazing. We have had so many generous companies, agencies to come in not only to donate their time and their services, but also to donate resources."

Dozens of volunteers spent Friday dropping off donations and helping to sort the supplies.

"Really this was just a small task that turned to a much bigger one, especially after last week. We just wanted to really give back and step up when we knew that they need us the most," said Lauren Blake, who works for Secure Missions Solutions, one of the companies that donated on Friday.

Last week, heavy rain caused the ceiling to collapse in TSC and destroyed hundreds of thousands of school supplies meant to be given to underprivileged children across the tri-county area.

"When I walked in here a couple weeks ago and saw the damage, I thought the worst," said Orr. "And, I said 'oh my goodness, we've lost so much and so many people have donated so much. So, many children may be deprived of some of the supplies.' Today, its a completely different story."

Thanks to donations, all of the supplies destroyed have been replenished.

"What's great about the teacher supply closet is that not only are you helping out the teachers, but the teachers are able to give confidence to the kids," said Blake.

Orr says today's giving is a depiction of America.

"We tend to really come to each other's need when there's a catastrophe or some misfortune that happens. And we prove it over and over again. We're just a generous society."

The donations were part of Trident United Way's Day of Caring. There were nearly 400 projects across the Lowcountry and more than 8,000 volunteers participated.