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Columbia, SC (WLTX)-- WLTX News19 and the Gannett Foundation were proud to present a check for $3,500 to the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP) and their Precious Cargo project.

The day a child enters the foster care system can be quite overwhelming.

The Precious Cargo project allows SCYAP to have a duffle bag available to give to each child that comes into care.

It also allows the child to carry his/her belongings with the dignity they deserve. The contents of the bag includes basic hygiene items and school supplies along with a stuffed animal and a blanket, traditional symbols of childlike love and security.

The Precious Cargo Project greatly benefits 350-400 youth served by the state's therapeutic foster care program.

To make a donation or learn more visit www.scyap.com or call toll-free 1-800-882-5513.

The South Carolina Youth Advocate Program does not take any administrative costs from donations made to the Precious Cargo Project; each dollar donated goes directly to the children.

The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc.

Through its Community Grant Program, Gannett Foundation supports non-profit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business.

Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.

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