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CCSO teaches gun safety through churches

Colleton County law enforcement officers are now teaching church members about gun safety to educate the community on how to own and use a gun for protection properly.
The program is done on a volunteer basis, meaning churches who want the class to be taught to their parishioners must contact the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
Recently, members of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Hendersonville asked that the class be held for their church members. Several men and children attended the event. Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Major Jason Chapman taught the gun safety seminar, which includes information on safe gun use, gun storage, and gun laws. “We were thrilled to be a part of such an educational experience,” said Shalane Lowes, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
“Since participating in the first class, the church has since asked that the sheriff’s office come back a second time to teach the class to more members who are now interested,” said Lowes.
This seminar is offered free to any church or community group who would like to host it. For more information, contact the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211.

Turkeys, food donated to 60 Colleton families

In addition to hosting the recent gun safety seminar, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office also participated in HANS, Helping All Neighbors. The community civic group was created 10 years ago and focused on receiving donations for those in need. Deputies with the sheriff’s office participated in the HANS event last week, furnishing about 60 families in Colleton County with groceries for the Thanksgiving holiday, said Lowes.
Lowes said, “hundreds of families” have been helped with this grocery donation through the 10-year span. The donated food includes a turkey for each family: the turkeys were donated by Colleton resident Matt Avant. School Resource Officers helped with the HANS food drive, collecting canned goods within Colleton schools. Many area churches and businesses also donated, she said.
“Together, we can fight hunger in Colleton,” she said.
The HANS food drive was sponsored by Piggly Wiggly; Wal-Mart; Bi-Lo; IGA; Colleton County High School; Colleton Prep Academy; Colleton County Middle School; Jones Swamp Ministries; Jacksonboro Baptist Church; World of Life Ministries; Hendersonville Elementary; Northside Elementary; the Walterboro Soccer Club; Bells Elementary; Blackstreet Elementary; Toe 2 Toe; Sogo Go Shin Do; and Colleton County Fire-Rescue.

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