Blessing Boxes: Helping people in need across Aiken

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRWD/WAGT) -- This time last year, the Blessing Box project in Aiken was just getting started.

Now, as their organization celebrates the one year anniversary of helping those who need it most, we see how much they've grown and what the future holds for them in 2019.

With every bit of food and supplies, all the way down to the last toothbrush or diaper, Aiken's Blessing Boxes help another family in need.

"The amazing thing about these boxes is that they're not just for those who are homeless. They're for anyone trying to make ends meet," said Melanie Inabinet.

Melanie Inabinet is one the coordinators for the boxes. This time last year, they started with just one.

"Thirteen more boxes installed since then," said Inabinet. "Now we're here in 2019 starting the New Year with four more boxes coming."

Including one to help with student hunger on campus at USC Aiken.

"At the end of the day, the end of the week, the end of their payday, maybe they just need another day's worth of food," said Inabinet.

She says through partnerships with places like Habitat for Humanity and Feaster's Foods in Aiken, they've been able to grow from the ground up.

"Somebody is out there every day," said Inabinet.

Especially around the holidays, Inabinet says what they do becomes that much more important for families.

"They're struggling to get their kids presents, they're struggling to do what's best for their families, provide for their families, they're paying more for heat," said Inabinet.

With nearly 20 boxes built or about to be, she's hoping they can move beyond Aiken soon.

"Goals for the New Year would be to go really big. I'm hoping we can expand to other areas in the CSRA," said Inabinet.

Right now they're working with New Ellenton and Jackson to help build more boxes.

If you would like to donate or find a drop off location, click here.