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Stephen O. Edwards, executive director of the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County,  stands in front of the clinic's Hartsville office on West Carolina Avenue. The clinic is receiving a grant from Sisters of Charity to assist patients in poverty.

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County is one of 77 nonprofit organizations across the state to receive Fall Caritas Grant funding from Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The Fall Caritas Grant is issued to South Carolina nonprofits who meet the immediate needs of people experiencing poverty throughout South Carolina.

The clinic will receive a one-year $4,000 grant.

“Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is inspired by the recipients of the 2019 Fall Caritas Grant,” said Tom Keith, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “These nonprofits use grant funding to address immediate needs and enhance people’s lives across our great state. By being knowledgeable about their communities, our grantee partners are able to provide valuable services. They’re also examples of good to the rest of us.”

The mission of the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County is to promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of all who need its services. The grant from Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will fund programming geared toward meeting the medical needs of the uninsured patients in Darlington County as they arise, according to an announcement.

“The clinic would not survive without the donation of funds and services from our community and generous organizations such as the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina,” said Stephen Edwards, executive director of the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County. “We are grateful for the support they offer to our community.”

This cycle’s Fall Caritas grant recipients serve all of South Carolina’s counties, and several of these nonprofits provide services across the state.

The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County is an interdenominational Christian ministry providing free primary care, medications and pastoral support to the residents of Darlington County who do not have health insurance and who do not qualify for government health programs.

The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County operates two offices — in Darlington at 203 Grove St., and in Hartsville at 500 W. Carolina Ave. They can be reached at 843‐398‐0060 (Darlington) and 843‐332‐0422 (Hartsville).

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, founded in 1996. Its mission is to address the various needs of those experiencing poverty throughout the state of South Carolina.

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