New Directions marks National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with new campaign

(New Directions of Horry County Facebook page)

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 13 through Nov. 17, and one local organization is doing their part to make it count.

New Directions of Horry County started off the week by inviting community members to tour one of their four shelters.

The shelters are each designed to help individuals in need move out of poverty. Men, women, and families can get help.

New Directions works directly with other local organizat ions to offer resources and training to help other get back on their feet.

The shelters serve dinner seven nights a week for anyone who can't afford a meal.

One man told ABC15 News the program has helped him twice. He said, when you need a hand, New Directions is there.

"Some people just fell down on their luck, and they need some help, you know. Just because we don't have a roof over our head, or we don't have on nice clothes and maybe, sometimes, we might even smell a little harmless to the nose, but you know, we're not bad people," said Gerard Harrison.

New Directions is launching a new campaign to mark the awareness week. They're calling it "Fill the Truck."

They say they're collecting canned goods all week long to feed the hungry and homeless.

Anyone who would like to contribute is asked to drop off canned food donations at New Directions Men's Shelter at 1005 Osceola St., Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Donations can be dropped off anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you would like to schedule a shelter tour, you can call 843-945-4902.

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