Record setting canned food donation to be given to Crisis Ministries

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The South Carolina Aquarium and the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry will deliver the components of the CAN-struction sculptures, from the LowCANtry Holiday promotion, to Crisis Ministries at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30th, as a triumphant finale to the joint promotion.

Here's more from the press release we just received:

The can goods served to create three life-size sculptures, an octopus, sailboat and starfish, seen on display during the month-long holiday promotion. The thousands of can goods needed for the displays were donated entirely by Piggly Wiggly and crafted into sculptures courtesy of LS3P Associates. A sea turtle mural, created by South Carolina Aquarium personnel and made of hundreds of donated Pepsi products, will also be given to Crisis Ministries as part of the donation. Additionally, can goods donated by guests and employees at both locations will be added to the gift.

A resource for homeless families and individuals in the Charleston area, the donation to Crisis Ministries will provide approximately 20,000 (8 oz) servings or 40,000 (4 oz) servings to those in need. This provides enough food to operate the facility's Soup Kitchen for 22 days. Crisis Ministries serves more than 200,000 meals a year to Lowcountry men, women and children, and utilizes more than 14,600 volunteers each year to work the Soup Kitchen.

"In appreciation of our community, we are proud to present Crisis Ministries with the largest one-time food donation in their history," said Kevin Mills, Aquarium President and CEO. "Our gift is made possible by our guests, who embraced the spirit of giving, and our corporate partners, Piggly Wiggly and Pepsi. I can think of no better way to celebrate the conclusion of the LowCANtry Holiday than by supporting the men, women and children served by Crisis Ministries."

"It is an honor to be a part of an artistic and creative effort that not only encourages community support but also fortifies the needs of our Lowcountry families this holiday season," says Denis Chirles, Director of the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. "We are proud to collaborate with our colleagues at the South Carolina Aquarium and Crisis Ministries for LowCANtry Holiday."

Crisis Ministries is located in downtown Charleston at 573 Meeting Street.

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