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Heaping Helpings of cooperation
Members made charitable effort in Hampton possible

Berl, PET chairman Ron Liebel w. Larry Bishop in coolerA VISIT TO HAMPTON on May 26 reminded me of the power of cooperation.
Palmetto Electric Trust (PET), the volunteer board that administers member donations to our Operation Round Up program, donated a $67,000 refrigerated food delivery truck to Second Helpings, Inc., the nonprofit food rescue and distribution network. PET also chipped in $10,000 to help Second Helpings and United Ministries of Hampton County, which operates a local food bank, buy a walk-in cooler/freezer.
The visit also reminded me that there are good folks everywhere. At right, in the cooler, I’m flanked by two: PET Chairman Ron Liebel (left) and United Ministries volunteer Larry Bishop of Open Arms Fellowship. Below, with the new truck, there’s Maureen Korzik, Second Helpings’ executive director. But look in the background: There’s another person who deserves a pat on the back — Palmetto co-op member Bruce Fox, a United Ministries volunteer who was unloading food from Second Helpings. Volunteers like Bruce quietly make a difference every day.
Now, not everyone can handle the heavy lifting that folks like Bruce do routinely but all co-op members can support Operation Round Up. Currently, about 82 percent of our members participate, helping PET distribute over $300,000 a year to help people in need in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.
We were pleased to hear Bruce say, “I’m all for Palmetto Electric.” That’s great. We’re all for our members, too!

Berl with Maureen Korzik of 2nd Helpings, truck