Darlington police hold canned food drive to help the elderly

Darlington police hold canned food drive to help the elderly (Darlington Police Facebook page)

Darlington Police Department is holding a canned food drive to help the elderly in Darlington County.

The drive started on April 1 and runs through June 30.

The goal was to collect 3,000 canned goods, but police have exceeded their goals.

"Our goal was to get 1,000 cans for the first three months. Well, luckily we have 3,062 cans. We've already exceeded our goals," said Darlington Police Chief Danny Watson.

Watson said they've now raised their goal to 5,000 cans.

The officers plan to donate the canned goods to the Darlington County Council On Aging.

The Council On Aging will, in turn, give the canned goods to those in need.

Darlington police have partnered with the Council On Aging multiple times in the past few years to help the elderly.

The officers have collected boxed fans, built ramps for the handicapped, and performed checks on the elderly during extreme heat and cold weather.

Chief Watson said they're obligated to give back to the community and help those who may be less fortunate.

You can drop off canned goods to Darlington Police Department at 400 Pearl Street in Darlington.

If you're unable to drop off any cans, but would still like to contribute to the cause, you're asked to call 843-398-4026.

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