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Helping Hands International Mission is a nonprofit relief organization with its main office in Columbia,South Carolina.
The mission of HHIM is to provide both emergency and long-term humanitarian assistance to include delivery of food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster.
Helping Hands International Mission works closely with many schools and universities, churches and other non profit organizations that donate food, medicine, personal hygiene items, furniture, clothing and other staples suitable for distribution to the hungry within South Carolina and abroad. A team of volunteers picks up in-kind contributions from designated locations and transports them to a warehouse located in Lexington, South Carolina. Some of the donations are then distributed in bulk. Others are processed into individual relief boxes weighing about 25 pounds. Each box typically contains canned and non-perishable food items or personal care and hygiene items. Other contributions such as tools, furniture, medical supplies and clothing are inventoried, tagged and labeled.
Once a year, between the months of November and January, a team is formed from Helping Hands International Mission (stateside) and abroad in both cities (Liberia and Ghana). The stateside volunteers prepare package, label, ship, and transport donated non-perishables for shipment (Charleston, SC) at the end of September to arrive in the country (Tema, Ghana) by October. The mission starts around Thanksgiving - A stateside team of volunteers leave Columbia, SC to meets with a team in Ghana where they receive stateside goods from a warehouse in Tema, Ghana. Helping Hands International Mission teams unload, survey items needed for each city and deliver all supplies.
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