• My Favorite Box Of Cereal

    December 16, 2015

    For outstanding effort to rebuild and reclaim stability in South Carolina, a big "shout out" to more than 60 bloggers hailing from cities near and far and General Mills.   Together they rallied to help donate 1,000+ boxes of cereal to Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Behold the power of the internet!

    The cereal, donated was used in “disaster boxes” that Harvest Hope expedited to help families experiencing loss and to the rebuilding of the region in the wake of the catastrophic flooding.

    What makes this donation really unique is that each blogger agreed to share, with the General Mills cereal team, a meaningful commitment or a personal promise that is important to their lives, their family, social community and/or livelihood. General Mills took the bloggers' mantra and transformed it into a very creative and engaging piece of digital artwork.

    Check out some of the bloggers and the artwork below:

    Hands On As We Grow
    Baby Rabies
    My Life Suckers 
    I’m A Celiac
    Super Healthy Kids

    General Mills, then, graciously donated cases of Kix, Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios in the name of the bloggers to Harvest Hope Food Bank totaling the 1,000+ boxes. The gesture is in celebration of General Mills’ ongoing commitment to people in the community and to continuing to make its cereals better with the removal of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.

    Since October 5, Harvest Hope continues to assist people negatively impacted by the floods.  We have provided food and water equal to 2.3 million meals to flood victims.  We are also dispatching disaster mobile food pantries in our state to remote areas that are dearth of basic necessities.

    At one of Harvest Hope's disaster mobile food pantries, a needy family came through getting a disaster relief box.  As they were waiting to talk to a social worker regarding housing issues, their little boy opened up his box and saw a box of cereal.  He was very excited and pulled it out showing his parents the cereal saying it was one of his favorites.  It was a very sweet touching moment.  Don't you agree?  We certainly thought so.

    Cereal is a hot item and is needed by all food banks across the country for the clients we serve like that little boy.  The gift comes at a particularly important time as nutritional comfort food for poverty stricken people impacted in such horrible ways by the flooding.  This holiday season has been particularly taxing on our food supplies because of the flooding. I hope all the participating bloggers understand how totally AWESOME this donation was, how it is helping our community and how excited we are!!!

    Much thanks and many kudos to the motivated army of bloggers and General Mills during the upcoming holiday season for your efforts towards supporting our cause.  For all of the Feeding America food banks, you are a rock solid donor by helping us year-round.   Thank all of you for understanding that hunger is always a disaster and cereal products are always a comfort!

  • Columbia’s Greek Festival

    December 15, 2015

    Over the years the Columbia Greek Festival hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Sumter Street has grown to be one of the most anticipated celebrations here in Columbia.  There is just something awesome about the atmosphere of the yearly event!  The culture, the food, the people and the shopping associated with the celebration are all amazing.    

    Throwing fun, family oriented events is not all this faith based organization does.  Did you know that the Columbia Greek Festival has also given approximately $400,000 to charities? This year, they are giving more than $60,000 to support the community!  

    We had the opportunity to visit with some nice folks today at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  We were totally floored with excitement when we saw the $10K check that they wrote for us.  It's really encouraging when an organization like this one makes a big donation to our cause!

    “We wanted to support Harvest Hope because of their significant contribution to the thousands of individuals impacted by floods this year,” said Niki Stewart, co-chair of the Columbia Greek Festival. “All of our blessings and gifts are from God. This is the one way that we can serve and honor Him.”

  • 2015 Public Servant Of The Year Governor Haley

    December 14, 2015

     

    The South Carolina Chamber was proud to announce Governor Nikki Haley as its 2015 Public Servant of the Year. Governor Haley was awarded on November 12, 2015 at the Chamber’s 36th Annual Summit in Hilton Head Island.  Our CEO Denise Holland was interviewed for the video.  

    It was also a pleasure to work with Dan from Beale Bagley Creations, LLC  .