Jefferson Award Winner: Marnie Kennedy, SC Needs Help
Horry County, SC (WPDE) —
Marnie Kennedy was at the heart of the 'SC Needs Help' movement in response to Hurricane Florence.
"Basically myself, and Phil, and Andy Kemp, we came together. We got a warehouse," said Marnie Kennedy.
"She's always had our back and she's always been there to help anyone in need," said past winner Phil Jackson, who gave the Jefferson Award to Kennedy.
Jackson and Kennedy partnered with A&A Produce to get a warehouse in Myrtle Beach up and running.
The grassroots effort turned into a massive collection operation.
"She jumps right in. She makes the phone calls. She gets everything lined up," said Jackson.
"We were just being the leaders and the community was the one that was stepping up," said Kennedy.
Volunteers helped sort baskets of food and cleaning supplies to pass out to hundreds of storm victims.
For weeks, Kennedy and other volunteers worked around the clock to help those in need.
"We were getting truckloads from Charleston and other places in South Carolina. We got trucks from Pennsylvania and Illinois," said Kennedy.
While the operation is winding down for now, SC Needs Help is here to stay to help in the future.
"Our plan is to be prepared. Because hurricane season is going to happen again," said Kennedy.
She says helping your neighbor is what matters.
"When somebody comes up and gives you a hug, says 'Thank You,' sends you a message, you see them wearing clothes that you gave them, that's what it's about," said Kennedy.
"She doesn't like the spotlight. She doesn't like the recognition," said Jackson.
Which is why Marnie Kennedy is our latest Jefferson Award winner.
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