The annual Anthony J. Sims Ministries School Drive was held Saturday morning at 10:00 am at the WLBG broadcast studios on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens. Children from throughout the county came by for free supplies to help them start the new year. Deputy Scott Patterson was on hand to share safety information with the children and Sheriff Ricky Chastain stopped by to help us kick things off. WLBG’s Levardis Payne and “Aunt” Dianne prepared delicious hot dogs for everyone as they do every year. Although we didn’t keep an exact count, around 100 backpacks were given to students and at least twice as many bags of supplies were passed out. 120 hot dogs were consumed and Deputy Patterson gave away 250 coloring books. This giveaway, now in it’s 6th year, would not be a success if it wasn’t for all those with giving hearts willing to donate items for these children. Without you, we couldn’t do this every year. A special thanks to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and all of the volunteers involved in this event.
“There are children that will go to school next week that don’t have any of the things they need to succeed and we are so thankful for the giving people in Laurens County that have helped some of those children to be better prepared to learn” said Rev. Anthony Sims, event organizer.
“To all the churches, civic organizations, social clubs, and individuals that gave money and supplies WLBG personally thanks you. The smiles on these kid’s faces says it all. Days like this remind me of why I’m proud to live here and work for Laurens County’s radio station.” Wyatt Mattison, General Manager WLBG