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Charleston-area residents arrive in droves Monday morning to receive holiday gift cards at Star Gospel Mission

November 27, 2017

The annual holiday gift card give-away at Star Gospel Mission on Monday morning drew upwards of 900 people, with a line half-way around the block.

The recipients were given gift cards that are intended to help them better afford items for holiday meals, according to the mission. The gift cards are made available via the Star Gospel Mission and the Good Cheer Fund of The Post and Courier.

People started lining up for the gift cards distributed by the Star Gospel Mission as early as Sunday morning, organizers said.

People began camping out for the $70 Bi-Lo gift cards as early as 7:30 Sunday morning, organizers said. In all, 800 gift cards were distributed to Charleston-area people in need.

The cards cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or lottery items.

Recipients had to be at least 30 years old and present a valid ID and Social Security card.

Unlike the previous year, however, about 100 or so people were turned away after all the gift cards had been distributed.

“The Star Gospel Mission is the conduit through which the Good Cheer Fund resources are administered to the neediest people in the community,” said Rev. William Christian at the give-away.

This story will be updated.