South Carolina State Troopers Feed the Homeless

scSouth Carolina Highway Patrol troopers fed and served about 40 homeless people Wednesday at Whosoever Community Church in Florence. The officers said it's their way of giving back to a community that's so deserving. "We come in contact with a lot of people that don't have any place to go on 95, on 501. So, now we partnership with Whosoever Church and House of Hope and we wanted to do this. And I think it's one of the best things for us to do because we could be in that same boat," said Captain Jo Nell, with SC Highway Patrol. "Troopers are very involved in their community whether it's with a church or school, coaching a youth athletic event. We live here. We work here. We have a vested interest in the well-being of the people here. And if we can give back in any way to any group of people, well, that's just helping us build our community, " said Cpl. Sonny Collins, with SC Highway Patrol. Whosoever Community Church doubles as a homeless shelter and provides temporary housing for about 40 people in need of a warm place to stay. Felicia Stafford, 26, makes her home at the shelter for now. "I became homeless really, I say, when I was 18, 19 after I started having my children. My finances weren't stable and I couldn't find work because I didn't have a baby sitter," said Stafford. Cynthia Boan, 53, finds herself in the same situation. She's been staying at the church for three weeks, but has been homeless for the past 12 years. "I've slept outside, behind trash cans, things such as this. Sometimes people would take me in and let me take a shower," said Boan. Both women said they're thankful for the troopers reaching out to them instead of looking down on them. Stafford said, "It's a blessing because not too many officers in different cities gather together to help the homeless people as one. So, it's a pleasure." Collins said they're happy to help others in need. They plan to feed the homeless this year in all six Pee Dee counties, as well as Horry and Georgetown counties. "At the end of the day, we need everything to be better and I hope today made it better for these people today. And we're gonna continue to move this forward, and to help people in other areas of our coverage in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. And if we can keep doing that I know it's gonna have a positive impact on the community," said Collins.

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