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Lowcountry students give food for furloughed military workers

Kids pack food boxes for military families. (WCIV)

The perceived stigma of needing a hand out.

It's a new reality for furloughed military members, hundreds of them just in the Lowcountry.

A group of kids from Marrington Elementary School, some of whom know about sacrifice, are making sure others don't have to.

The school is on the Naval Weapons station. These military kids know sacrifice.

On Thursday, the group of kids packed up 20 pound boxes full of food for a larger military family.

They take their jobs seriously with military precision and an endless supply of energy.

“I love seeing these boys, how they are working. I’ve never seen them work so hard I’ve never seen them move so fast. They are kicking some behind,” said Marrington Elementary School counselor Jenna Young.

“These kids get it. They know what it means to have a parent gone fighting for our country, moving every two years,” says Young.

Now they are moving boxes. As many as they can pack at the Lowcountry Food Bank for federal workers including furloughed military.

“We are treating this just as we would any natural disaster,” says Lowcountry Food Bank officer Kathryn Douglas.

A disaster for families with paychecks missing who must decide to turn on the heat or buy food this winter.

“(We) make sure they don’t have to make that choice- that Lowcountry Food bank is here for them,” says Douglas.

And so are the kids from Marrington.

“They are helping the entire family of America and that’s who we are. Maya Angelou many years ago said we are all more alike than unalike 2035 and this is what we’ve proven today. We can do this Charleston. Let’s go,” says Lowcountry Food Bank volunteer Harold Whack.

There are already four designated areas for federal workers to pick up the packed boxes.

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