Focus on The Palmetto State

January 2015 at 9:30am  - Focus on the Palmetto State

In our first segment we spoke with Dr. Phillip Baldwin and Mr. Curtis Johnson of the MLK Dream Weekend event.  They shared with us all the activities scheduled for the 2015 MLK Dream Weekend.  This is a community-wide event to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping to fulfill his dream, live out his values and celebrate the diversity of the communities in which we live.  Some of the activities include community service projects, teen events and the Day of Dreams which is designed to challenge the community to adopt the attitude of not only having a dream but then to pursue those dreams.

In segment two we spoke with Charlie Hall, the Executive Director of Upstate Warrior Solution. This is a new community based non-profit organization that generates quality of life solutions for Upstate veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members and their families.  UWS provides face-to-face outreach; services include mentorship, healthcare and benefits,education and training, housing and employment. 


In our last segment we talked with Ann Wright, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross and Heather Kanipe, a Home Fire Preparedness Volunteer.

The American Red Cross has kicked off their new campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires as much as 25% over the next five years.  They focus on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires and encourage everyone to practice their fire escape plans. They informed us that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before its too late to get out.