CCDP Newsletter: Toys for Tots Drive

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TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

Last year we were overwhelmed with the avalanche of toys that we collected through your generous donations! Sadly, this year has been much slower. Please help us make this year’s Toys for Tots collection a huge success once again. This Saturday, December 4th, at our office in West Ashley (1379 Ashley River Road), we will be hosting a Toys for Tots drive from 10 AM-12 PM. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy or two and enjoy some hot cocoa and a donut as a thank-you! Your donation can really mean a lot to a child here in the Lowcountry for the holidays!

Our office has limited public hours due to COVID, but if you are dropping off donations, you can email wecare@charlestondemocrats.com to arrange a drop off time.


SOUTH CAROLINA REDISTRICTING

The South Carolina State House and State Senate released draft maps for redistricting. Please take a look at these draft maps through the buttons below.

NEW: The South Carolina State Senate has released its draft map for the US Congress. Please take a look at it through the button below. 


STATE LEGISLATURE PREFILED BILLS

It’s that time again! Time for our State House and Senate members to prefile bills. Prefiling is the process where a bill is introduced and sometimes referred to the appropriate committee prior to the start of the legislative session. So far this year, State House members have prefiled 74 bills, and State Senate members have prefiled 71.

Legislators prefile bills to help show the public what their priorities are as they head into the legislative session. This is your earliest chance to voice your opposition to those bills that don’t agree with your vision of the direction the state should head in.

These bills are formal legislative proposals which allow for legislators to co-sponsor the bill or opponents to build opposition to it. Bills prefiled before the official start of the legislative session will notmove within the legislature until the first day of session, which is January 11, 2022.

Prefiled bills from the legislators can be found here: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sessphp/prefil21.php

We urge you browse through the prefiled bills and educate yourself on what our legislators will be trying to accomplish this year.

This is the time for action! Call or write your legislators and let them know how you feel about their bills. We must let them know that we are watching and willing to get loud against bad bills and in favor of good ones. If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can look them up here: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php


DECEMBER OFFICE HOURS

Our office is open! We are in need of volunteers to work during office hours. Volunteers will prepare mailings, phone and/or text Bank, fill the blessing box, build Homeless Period Project packs and other tasks as needed. 

Due to COVID-19, our office hours are limited. We will be open on Wednesdays only from 11-3. We plan on opening on Saturdays as well after the holidays.


Upcoming Events

SAT DEC 04 10 AM
CCDP Toys for Tots Drop Off Event!
Join us this Saturday for a Toys for Tots drop off event at the office. We’ll have some music, hot cocoa, and donuts too! Let’s make this year’s haul better than last years!
Please remember that Toys for Tots only accepts new, unopened toys.
You can also send us an email at wecare@charlestondemocrats.com to schedule another time to drop off. CCDP Office
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FRI DEC 17 7 PM
Charleston County Democrats Winter Holiday Social
Once again it’s that time of year! Let’s gather together and share some good cheer! There’ll be spirits and food so bring your good mood and let’s have some fun together! Please see future emails for more details Frothy Beard Brewing Company
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Give Back

Blessing Box Donations Needed!
Please consider donating to our CCDP Blessing Box. You can #StockTheBox at any time, or drop off items to the office during office hours or by appointment. Our community members appreciate and depend on our kindness!

A few things to remember when donating Blessing Box items:

  • DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the heat
    • example: canned vegetables and meats/fish, sauces in jars, boxes of rice or pasta
    • protip: donate items that don’t require milk/butter/oil to prepare, get cans with pop-tops that don’t require can openers
  • DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box
    • example toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,
  • DO NOT donate any open or expired items.

Lowcountry Period Project Supplies Needed!
Did you know that our volunteers build period packs in support of the Homeless Period Project? The project provides pre-made kits for homeless shelters and nurse’s offices at Title IX schools in the Lowcountry. These items are a luxury to homeless women and girls and many are forced to choose between hygiene and food. Please consider donating the following items so we can continue to support this amazing project!
-individually-wrapped feminine pads
-individually-wrapped tampons
-individually-wrapped wipes
-individually-wrapped panty liners

Thanks again for your generosity!

Our office has limited public hours due to COVID, but if you are dropping off donations, you can email wecare@charlestondemocrats.com to arrange a drop off time.


READY TO RUN FOR OFFICE?

If you are interested in making a difference in your community, please take time to consider running for office. The South Carolina Democratic Party has put out a form for individuals to express interest in running. You may think that it is too early to start thinking about this, but electoral success will require carefully laid out plans, which in turn require time. In addition to the SCDP information that you can access through the button below, here are more resources for women considering a run for office:

Emerge South Carolina
Vote Run Lead

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