South Carolina Federal Credit Union Revitalizes Florence Area Humane Society Horse Rescue

Staff Report From Florence CEO

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Florence Area Humane Society Horse Rescue was officially announced on Friday, September 28, 2018. The 20-acre equine rescue, located at 4467 Hewitt Cemetery Road in Effingham, is the only equine rescue in the Pee Dee area.

The purchase of the land was made possible by a gift to FAHS from the estate of the late Marilyn Godbold. Her husband, Asa, said that the great love he and his late wife Marilyn have for animals in need, both large and small, prompted the generous donation.

This equine facility will serve as a rescue and rehabilitation home for abused and neglected horses for the Pee Dee region. The facility currently houses 13 horses, many of which were severely malnourished and neglected when they were rescued.

South Carolina Federal Credit Union was glad to be on hand to offer monetary support to help get the FAHS Horse Rescue up and running. The team of 20 employees from the credit union worked at the horse rescue and the animal shelter to clear the land, groom animals, ready facilities and clean stalls in preparation for the barn's new life as a rehabilitation facility.

"As a non-profit we rely on the generosity of donors to meet our mission, the addition of 40 extra hands to offer manpower and provide financial support is huge for the animals in our care," said Jayne Boswell, President of the Florence Area Humane Society. "The FAHS Horse Rescue will provide much needed attention and a refuge for the horses suffering in our community."

"It is truly our privilege to be able to give back to the town of Florence and the groups that are doing great work here," noted Twana McRae, Financial Center Manager at South Carolina Federal. "The Out of the Blue campaign has allowed us to treat our neighbors and strengthen our connection in an already thriving community."

South Carolina Federal's Out of the Blue campaign began in September and consists of large scale philanthropic efforts, random acts of kindness and surprise benefits for members.