COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina legislature has designated May as “South Carolina State Guard Month” to bring awareness to the important role the historic organization has played in the Palmetto State.
As part of State Guard Month, the South Carolina Missions and Operations Support Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has launched the “Boots on the Ground” fundraising campaign to help with essential training and to purchase equipment and other necessities that would otherwise be out-of-pocket expenses by our volunteers.
Since 1670, the all-volunteer historic South Carolina State Guard has had boots on the ground trained and ready to serve when called upon. When the State Guard was needed to respond to hurricanes Joaquin, Harvey, Matthew and Florence, personnel were there to answer the call.
In 2018 alone, the nearly 1,000 members of the State Guard volunteered more than 90,000 hours in service. In times of disaster, it works alongside federal, state, and local first responders.
From search-and-rescue operations, medical teams, legal support, engineering expertise, chaplain and counseling services, to direct distribution of supplies and providing military funeral honors to veterans, State Guard members are trained and ready to serve -- without pay.
Throughout the month of May, you have the opportunity to help the State Guard meet its $350,000 fundraising goal.
For a minimum donation of $1 (or $5 or more) to the “Boots on the Ground” #SCSGBoots campaign, the name of a loved one will be placed on boot cutouts displayed at participating establishments during May.
Secure online donations can be made through the South Carolina State Guard Mission & Operations Support Foundation website at scsgmops.org or by visiting Facebook at @SCStateGuard to donate via one of the posted “Donate” buttons.
Additional information can be found at http://sg.sc.gov/newsroom/?p=387