When Vivian Williams saw the devastation caused by flooding in South Carolina this past fall, she wanted to do something about it.
Williams is lead behavioral specialist at Monarch’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) in Anson County. She’s also senior pastor at Bellview AME Zion Church in Robbins. Through a pastoral colleague in South Carolina, she learned that the greatest need was for bottled water. She mentioned this to Harold Cox, program manager for PSR sites in Anson and Richmond counties.
“One of the people we serve heard me,” Williams said “and said, ‘I want to give you a donation.’”
People at the center quickly began to donate quarters and dimes -- whatever they had.
“That’s when a light bulb went off in my head,” Williams said. “It really just took off from there. Some people gave money. Some went out and bought water. Everybody wanted to help.”
Churches and businesses in Anson, Richmond and Moore counties also contributed, she said.
All told, Williams and others collected enough bottled water to fill three trailers and one 4x4 pickup truck. They gathered Oct. 17 at Williams’ home. She lives on U.S. 74 in Anson County, a central location.
On the way, one of the trailers got a flat tire. When the police officer who stopped found out what the group was doing, he changed the tire himself.
“He wanted to do what he could to help us,” Williams said.
The group traveled to Columbia, S.C., and set up for the giveaway at a local housing project there.
“We went door-to-door and set up on the street,” Williams said. “Everybody was just so grateful. It really touched our hearts. It did more for us than it did for them. It just became everyone working together.”
She says of the people they serve at PSR, “These folks, with challenges of their own, wanted to help someone else. A little bit of an effort can help and bless someone else. Our people really made a wonderful contribution.”