Heath Springs was a little warmer Saturday, December 4, as neighbors showed up to donate canned goods and unwrapped toys in honor of the late Chuck Yarborough. Organized by his sister, Lori, Christmas with Chuck was a great success. In a few short hours, over 3 pallets of toys and approximately 1500 pounds of food were collected. Lori said of her brother, “Chuck would be so happy.”
Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE) is an agency benefitted by the collection. KARE serves the residents of Bethune, Cassatt, Heath Springs, Jefferson, Kershaw, Liberty Hill, and Westville by helping neighbors in need with practical support through crisis assistance, hunger relief, and resource referrals. The food collected will be distributed among clients who receive monthly food orders through the agency.
The toys collected were shared with a few other helping agencies working to provide Christmas gifts for families needing some assistance. Chuck Yarborough exemplified what a neighbor should be. He loved people and was a very generous man. Prior to his untimely death in September, Chuck ran the Raggedy Man Antiques store in Heath Springs after retiring from a career in textiles and working for Nutramax Laboratories. He often coordinated food and toy collections for area charities. In fact, the most recent was a food drive for KARE shortly before he passed away. KARE representative Tiffany Whaley stated, “When Chuck’s sister, Lori, contacted us with the idea for the event, we were quite touched. To see Chuck’s memory so appropriately honored was truly a blessing to us.”
Nutramax Laboratories also participated in the event, encouraging their employees to give to the drive. Stefanie Stacks, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs shared,
Thanks for being such a great neighbor, Chuck, and for loving your community so well.