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Nazareth Child & Family Connection receives $5,000 donation

ROCKWELL — South State Bank has donated $5,000 to Nazareth Child & Family Connection to help with residents’ school supplies and other needs.

South State recently opened a branch in Rockwell.

“South State is pleased to provide resources to help Nazareth Child & Family Connection meet the needs of our community,” said Lisa Clevinger, manager of the Rockwell branch. “I have seen first-hand through volunteering at their events the difference this organization is making in the lives of children and individuals.

“Nazareth does an excellent job of meeting the basic needs while providing loving care and preparing everyone to become successful members of society.”

Nazareth Child & Family Connection, a nonprofit agency, offers residential services for children, a foster care program and an outpatient facility for people with mental health, substance abuse, developmental disability and behavioral health needs.

“We appreciate South State’s donation so very much. It will go a long way in improving the lives of our young residents here at Nazareth,” said Vernon Walters, Nazareth’s president and CEO. “I think the monetary donation, plus their staff’s willingness to get their hands dirty to help Nazareth, shows their commitment to our community.”

The bank staff has begun to work at Nazareth’s residential campus, improving outdoor spaces by planting flowers and potted arrangements and pulling weeds from flower beds.

“They worked on campus, worked really hard,” said Blair Trexler, Nazareth’s director of development. “What we imagined as a four-hour project took them an hour-and-a-half.”

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