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Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides clothing and school supplies to at-risk, abandoned, abused and neglected children in the tri-county area. The nonprofit is holding its third annual fundraiser gala Sept. 16 at the Charleston Marriott. File/Brad Nettles

A North Charleston charity that gives clothing to children who are abandoned, abused or neglected will hold a gala fundraiser Sept. 16 at the Charleston Marriott. 

Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides two weeks of clothing and school supplies to each child it serves. Volunteers collect donations to help children from area shelters, foster care and those removed from their parents' custody.

Since 2006, the nonprofit has served more than 24,000 children in the tri-county area, including more than 2,600 last year.

David Hall is director of LOR's Distribution Center and Children's Closet at 1850 Truxtun Ave., on the old Navy base. He's at the heart of the group's mission. 

"It's our busiest month of the year," Hall said of August.

While the organization usually gets about 150 requests per month to help a child, the start of the school year kicks the operation into a different gear.

"We'll easily hit 500 to 600 orders," he said, including clothing, backpacks, toiletries and school supplies.

The Children's Closet can provide everything a child might need for school, Hall said.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief works directly with other nonprofits, schools, foster parents and government agencies to identify the needs of children in severe situations.

The nonprofit serves more than 100 agencies, including the Department of Social Services, all local group homes, foster parents, the Disabilities Board of Charleston, local schools and other children in need.

“We intervene at critical junctures in the lives of these children with products and services that provide a strong, positive impact,” said founder Lynn Young. “We want to make sure these children feel safe and comfortable despite their current situation.”

Individual gala tickets are $100. A reserved table for 10 is $1,000 for the 7-11 p.m. event, which will include an open bar, entertainment, dancing and auctions. A veteran foster parent also will speak.

"She has adopted children out of the foster care system," said Marissa Nash, LOR's director of development.

For tickets or more information, go to lowcountryorphanrelief.org.

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