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DuPont Retirees Club presents checks to four charities in Florence

December 13, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — Through hurricanes, torrential downpours, sleet and snow, the Florence DuPont Retirees Club has never missed a meeting in 36 years.

The club gathered Wednesday morning for its 8th annual check presentation and gave $700 each to four local charities: Lighthouse Ministries, Harvest Hope Food Bank, House of Hope of the Pee Dee and Mercy Medicine Free Clinic.

“We’ve been doing this for eight years and we just wanted a way that we could give back in the community,” said Stephen Love, president of the DuPont Retirees Club. “Even though the plant’s not still here, we are and we wanted to make a difference.”

Larry Graham, a former personnel superintendent, refused to attend the meetings because “all the club did was eat breakfast, have a meeting and socialize together,” according to Love.

So in 2011, the retirees decided to step out and help in the community. One of the first partnerships it formed was with Lighthouse Ministries, building ramps for people in need. The club has now built 23 total ramps, 20 of them through Lighthouse Ministries.

“This is going to be very helpful,” said Cecilia Meggs, executive director of Lighthouse Ministries. “We appreciate everything and anything that you all do. This has been a wonderful partnership and we’re very grateful.”

In total, the Florence DuPont Retirees Club has donated $24,115 to the local community since 2011.

In December 1982, the Florence DuPont Retirees’ Club was started by Bob Anderson and the club has met on the second Monday of each month for the past 36 years, not missing one meeting. Love said the club has now met 432 consecutive times.

On Dec. 7, Anderson died at the age of 97.

“We have managed to meet and, in Bob’s honor, I plan on keeping it going, at least for several more years,” Love said.