Resident Helps Others to Help Themselves

An Anderson County resident has dedicated herself to helping others in need by giving them a hands up instead of a hand out.

Giving a presentation at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Charitable Organizations’ Challenge Day, Donna Crain Drury explained that she grew up in a financially strapped family with a disabled father and four other siblings.  The family at times struggled with providing food and other needed resources.

However, Donna feels that growing up that way has made her the way she is now and created the passion to get out to help others to help themselves.  She has worked to create a program, called Empowerment^3, which represents the three important “E’s” of education, employment, and encouragement.  “I think all of these things are important for people to live a better life,” she said.

Donna explained that the program is divided into three parts. The first is “Empower Yourself” where she mentors people to help them find...

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