After suffering many days without power, Clarendon County residents are getting some much-needed help in the form of food donations from Harvest Hope

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Clarendon County, SC (WLTX) - Many Clarendon County residents were left without power for days after the recent winter mess, and on Wednesday Harvest Hope delivered 3,000 pounds of food to help the Paxville and Manning communities.

"With the box we were able to put together and the product we gave out, today is for staple items," said Harvest Hope Pee Dee Branch Director Michael Murphy. "Easy to pop open, pop-tops, things that are easy to prepare if they have power or not."

With no power for almost a week, many families lost a lot and Paxville Mayor Wade McLeod says the donations will help them get back on their feet.

"They had to throw away food during that ice storm and so we just expect this will really serve to help them through this week," said McLeod.

Community members graciously accepted the items saying the drive not only helps replenish their kitchens, but also restores their faith."God always provides for his people," said Lillie Wilson with Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church. "Through this I know they will be more than happy to receive this, it's a big help."

"We're thankful for that because in a time like this, how can we turn one another away?" said Paxville resident Russell Blackwell. "We're supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves and they're showing that."

Harvest Hope organizers say they'll make their rounds again in the upcoming weeks to make sure all of their service area is well taken care of.

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