Nonprofit Delivers Gifts to 2000+ Schools

Schools in South Carolina are getting Christmas early this year. This is due to the efforts of Charleston Hope, a local non-profit organization. It runs an adopt a class program in which all the children attending seven schools will get a gift that is newly wrapped for them. The program was founded by Emily Hoisington. She created the program six years ago while she was a high school student herself.


She was inspired to launch the program because of a situation in her own family. Her sister was an employee at a school with many low-income students. She was told that many students didn’t receive Christmas presents, and they couldn’t fulfill other basic needs in their homes. This made it difficult for the students to succeed in the classroom. Emily felt the need to make a difference.


The children get really excited each time Emily’s organization brings them presents. They have learned to depend on Charleston Hope. The majority of the volunteers are high school and college students. People from the local community also come out to help. Emily gets further inspiration from the memory of her boyfriend Chad Cooke. He passed away years ago, but before he did, he taught her the lesson that it is important to do things with your life that you believe have a purpose. It is also important to spend face to face time with the students. You can read more about Charleston Hope and contribute to the program here.


Police in Charlton Helps Explain How to Spot an Impersonator

There have been increased incidences of police impersonators in Charleston, SC. Over the past few days, a man in Mt Pleasant who dressed as a police officer pointed a gun at a driver and jokingly asked him to touch it. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte also had the same experience when a man purporting to be a cop held him at gunpoint. This has prompted police officers to carry out a campaign to sensitize the public in knowing the difference between a real cop and a fake one.


According to Michael Fowler, who is a police officer at Hanahan Police Station, there are many ways to identify a fake police officer. For instance, a person has the right to ask for identification if he or she is skeptical of the officer’s legitimacy. If the officer cannot identify himself, that is a classic sign he may be impersonating.


Fowler says that the police officer should also give you the name of the agency he or she is working with. Be very much concerned with an officer who produces an ID, yet he or she cannot give the name of the agency responsible for his or her actions in the public. Fowler adds that it is important for a person to ensure the name and details in the ID match the badge patched on the shoulder.


The Police also advise people to comply and pull over whenever they are told so. However, if they feel uncertain with the police officer who orders them to pull over, they are free to call the relevant authorities for investigations. Fowler advises people in such situations to call 911 and indicate where they are. The police will send somebody from their department to access the situation and possibly interrogate and catch the suspect in the act.


In case the suspected impersonator begins to engage, Fowler advises that you comply. He advises people not to engage in arguments with such people for their own safety. He urged every resident of Charleton to remain vigilant of people who disrupt normal peace of the city and report them to authorities immediately.