Lowcountry Orphan Relief gears up for awareness month

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}Next month is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and a local organization is getting ready by restocking its shelves that will help kids in times of trouble.

Behind the walls at Lowcountry Orphan Relief is a room full of love covered in clothing. Gently used shirts, shoes, shorts, and other items are collected, sorted, and then given to kids of all ages who need them most.

"We work with children that are at-risk of abuse, abandonment, neglect. Children that have been found in cases of abuse, abandonment, and neglect, and children that are currently in the foster care system," said Kristin Power, executive director of Lowcountry Orphan Relief.

When children are removed from an unsafe home, her agency provides two weeks worth of clothing for the kids.

"Typically those children go into a couple different locations. Might be a foster home. It might be a group home location," said Power.

This distribution center is transitioning from winter clothing to spring and summer wear. Right now, the staff is focusing on adding youth sizes eight to twenty.{}

But any size will be accepted.

While the shelves and racks appear to be full, experts say the need is still great. They said this year alone at least 5,000 abused or neglected children from the Lowcountry will receive some type of item from Lowcountry Orphan Relief.

Volunteers like Carol Shao believe the program also offers a sense of security.

"The child needs self-esteem. And when they're in a foster home, they need good clean clothes that they can wear to school and feel like they fit in. And that's what we provide," said Shao.

Giving kids hope with clothing and a stuffed animal during a difficult time.{}{}

Lowcountry Orphan Relief is located at{}1850 Truxtun Ave. in North Charleston. There are also drop-off locations at area Tidelands banks:

  • 875 Lowcountry Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, Phone 388-8433 (near I'on)
  • 1100 Park West Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 284-8446 (in Park West)
  • 1510 Old Trolley Rd., Summerville, 871-7202
  • 946 Orleans Rd., West Ashley, 284-1199 (across street from Target)
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