Wanda Lopez grew tired of seeing children shivering at the bus stops.
She set aside a couple thousand dollars and purchased hundreds of brand-new coats. With the help of local organizations, she assembled 250 hot meals, 200 turkeys and boxes of canned food, and put it all out on display Friday in a North Charleston parking lot.
Lopez worried the frigid rain would keep people away. But within hours, all of the food and most of the clothes were gone.
“This is blowing my mind,” Lopez said. “So many people need hats, coats, gloves, boxed food. Basic things.”
Lopez, 53, is the director of Shalom Recovery Services on Remount Road. Each year, she brings volunteers together for a holiday event. But this year’s event, “Holiday on Remount Road,” was her largest — and the first to receive support from the National Action Network.
With help from the city of North Charleston, the Lowcountry Food Bank, Jobs for Life, Project Strive and the New Victory Temple church, about 225 people received free food, new coats and free services, such as health screenings