Car after car rolled through the State Fair Grounds on Saturday morning to make food donations to Harvest Hope. Harvest Hope partnered with the State Fair to hold the first annual Share at the Fair food drive event. The event went from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. The deal was if you donated five cans, or five dollars, or more, you received one ticket to this year's state fair. Cocky came out with the USC Baseball team, along with other USC athletic teams such as the Lady Gamecock Volleyball and Softball teams, to help host Saturday's event. Coach Holbrook told WACH how important it is for the Baseball team to be actively involved in giving back.
"When we recruit them, we tell them it's not all about baseball. Life's a little bit bigger than baseball, and we want them to get out in the community. We want to put them out in the community so they can keep things in perspective." says Holbrook.
And it turns out the State Fair didn't just provide a site for the food drive. It plans to extend a helping hand of its own.
"In addition to giving those folks who donate a free fair ticket, every can that is donated and the amount of poundage that's done, the fair is gonna match that. So we'll double everything that's donated today - up to $25,000." explains Gary Goodman, the General Manager of the South Carolina State Fair.
There is no doubt every donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated and will help families in need.
Harvest Hope is excited for all the participation Saturday and admit the free ticket is a fun perk.
"Well this is just such a great partnership of people helping for a good cause for us to feed other hungry families. And also having the benefit of bringing the five cans and getting one ticket into the South Carolina State Fair. How fun is that?!" says Denise Hollard, the CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank.
When all was said and done, Harvest Hope ended up collecting over 4,700 pounds of food. The event concluded with Goodwin presenting Harvest Hope with $25,000.