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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores passed a resolution this week to partner with In-Vest, a local nonprofit group, to raise money to buy police statewide bullet-proof vests.
Rich Mione, marketing director for the Worsely Cos. Inc. and a SCACS director, told CSNews Online said the association is thrilled with the opportunity to raise money for law enforcement officials in the communities its stores operate.
"This is a great opportunity for our marketers to work with police for a good cause," Mione said. "According to In-Vest, there are 5,000 police officers in South Carolina with either no bullet-proof vest or vest that are below standard. So in addition to do something that is good for the community, we are helping save lives."
The association, which represents 3,000 stores in South Carolina, and In-Vest said they hope to raise $500,000 over the next six months through in-store promotions and fundraisers. Each vest cost about $500. Vests will be bought on a continual basis as the money is raised, Mione said.
The SCACS board kicked off the fundraiser by committing to buying 13 vests.
S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges kicked off a statewide campaign to raise $3.5 million to purchase protective vests earlier this year.
"We are pleased that SCACS is partnering with In-Vest to ensure that all South Carolina law enforcement officers are provided personal bulletproof protective vests," said Bo Batchelder president and CEO of In-Vest, which was founded in 1993 and helps raise funds to buy body armor for police. "By equipping those who protect us, we are honoring and protecting those who put their lives at risk for us every day."
ABOVE: S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges kicked off a statewide campaign to raise $3.5 million to purchase protective vests earlier this year.