Helping Kids

By Leslie Moore

Helping Kids

August means Back to School, an exciting time for children and their parents; a time for buying new school clothes, the coolest book bag and filling school supply lists. But for many local children, the most important thing about going back to school is that they will, once again, have regular meals provided by school breakfast and lunch programs.

During school vacations, Barb and her volunteers conduct summer camps in local churches and regularly take food packs to outlying areas in Georgetown and Horry Counties. “One day we went to a really bad area and a little boy ran up to us and said he was praying we would come that day. When we give these hungry children the food, they just drop right there and start eating. Hunger is a very real problem in our community.”

Barb moved to Garden City in 1979 and spent her days finding shells and enjoying our coastal lifestyle. It wasn’t until Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989 that she discovered how difficult life is for our most helpless residents. While volunteering after the massive storm hit our area, Barb met a home health nurse who told her about the poverty she saw daily in the outlying areas of Horry County. Barb immediately wanted to help, and today Help 4 Kids has over 100 volunteers who make sure food, school supplies and clothing gets to the children who so desperately need it. The Backpack Buddies program sends non-perishable food home with children every Friday, giving some the only nutrition they receive all weekend. School nurses and counselors notify Barb when a child needs clothing, school supplies, etc. and these are placed in the packs as well.

This vital organization depends on the support of the community. You can help by picking up items from the following lists and dropping them at the locations listed at the end of this article. Cash donations are always welcome – for as little as $2.50 per week you can ensure that one hungry child is fed through the weekend.

Helping Kids

Barb Mains, Volunteer Director of Help 4 Kids, an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit, talked with Sasee about the grueling poverty experienced by many children in Horry and Georgetown Counties. “During the school year, we deliver 3105 food packs each week, through the Back Pack Buddy program, to 28 schools in Horry County.” The organization hopes to extend its services to Georgetown County schools this year.

List of Needs

Helping Kids


  • Pop tarts
  • Pudding
  • Peanut butter (individual packs)
  • Cereal
  • Fruit cups
  • Ravioli
  • Mac & Cheese (individual servings)
  • Juice
  • Ramen noodles
  • Canned meats
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • Oatmeal & cereal (individual servings)
  • Gift cards for fresh produce & milk

School Supplies

  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Black marble composition books
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • 2-inch plastic binders
  • Folders
  • Book bags of any size

Other Items

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Hygiene products (Barb says many children ask for deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Blankets and sleeping bags for cold weather

For more information, visit the Help 4 Kids website at or call 843-651-4310. Help 4 Kids is located at 2053 Hwy 17 South Bypass, Garden City. Gifts can also be dropped off at any of three Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union locations: 21st Ave. in Myrtle Beach, Main St. in Conway and Holmestown Road in Surfside next to BiLo.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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