House of Hope donation box burglarized

Pee Dee Crime

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — The House of Hope of Pee Dee organization has taken a hit.

Executive Director Bryan Braddock said a donation box on 3rd Loop Road was vandalized and items were stolen over the weekend. Hope of Hope is moving the box to another location but first must rebuild it.

Monica Price manages the House of Hope’s Mission Mart thrift store. She said this has happened one too many times.

“I wish people didn’t feel like they had to steal,” Price said. “The assistance is out there if people need it.”

Price said the proceeds from every donation and purchase go toward the House of Hope homeless shelters.

“A lot of people don’t know about the assistance that is out here,” Price said. “If you need a place to stay or if your family needs a place to stay or if you need clothing, we are here to help.”

Sarah MacKillop was at the First Presbyterian Church donating on Thursday. She said she’s been donating to that location for years.

“It makes me sad for our community because I donate, my family donates, and a lot of people donate,” MacKillop said.

Price said she is saddened by this unfortunate crime as it is also right before the holidays.

“The person or persons that’s doing this, just so you know, the assistance is out there where you don’t have to resort to vandalism if you need assistance,” Price said. “You can always call the House of Hope. They are located at 1020 West Darlington Street.”

Anyone who wants to donate can bring clothing and household items to the Mission Mart, which is located at 953 S Irby Street. Anyone who needs housing or clothing assistance can call House of Hope at 843-667-9000.

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