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BCSD social workers hope to provide holiday gifts for at least 40 at-risk students

Published Thursday, December 6, 2018

It’s a busy time of year for Berkeley County School District’s social workers. As they go through the normal routine of being an essential connection between the home, school and community, they are also doing everything they can to make the holidays more pleasant for some of BCSD’s most at-risk students.

Among about a half-dozen initiatives designed to provide for those needing the most help is the annual Berkeley ONEderland Gift Program. In its three years, the program has grown in distinction and necessity.

This year, BCSD’s eight social workers are looking to community members and school stakeholders for as much help as possible as they answer the call to provide gifts for at least 40 students.

“We hope to make the holidays a little sweeter,” said BCSD Coordinator of Programs for Children at Risk Elaine Swain.

While Swain and her team have identified 40 students, there are still close to 200 homeless students in the district.

“We would surely appreciate any donations the community may provide to serve our students,” she said.

How you can help

Community members interested in supporting the Berkeley ONEderland program may make donations of new toys or clothing (any gender and size) or financial contributions. Donations may be dropped off at the BCSD central office at 229 East Main Street in Moncks Corner.

Gifts will be delivered December 17-21.

Brian Troutman