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A moving company is helping moms who were displaced from Allen Benedict Court

Residents evacuating from Allen Benedict Court after gas leak killed 2

Public safety officials are posting evacuation notices on Allen Benedict Court units after a gas leak left 2 dead. Mayor Steve Benjamin addresses the media in a press conference.
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Public safety officials are posting evacuation notices on Allen Benedict Court units after a gas leak left 2 dead. Mayor Steve Benjamin addresses the media in a press conference.

As Mother’s Day approaches, the City of Columbia is partnering with Two Men and a Truck to deliver much-needed supplies to mothers displaced by a deadly gas leak at a Columbia apartment complex. 

The city and moving company partnered for the “Movers for Moms” campaign, a national movement that collects donations for women every spring and delivers them to local women’s and family shelters around the Mother’s Day holiday, according to the company’s website. 

In Columbia, more than 400 people were displaced when two people died in a gas leak at the decades-old Allen Benedict Court complex, which was evacuated in the days after the deaths

The “Movers for Moms” drive is collecting donations of soap, hair styling products, shampoo and conditioner, pillows, blankets, slippers and other basic clothing items, according to a release from the City of Columbia. Other accepted donations include feminine hygiene items, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes, multi-purpose cleaners and laundry and dish detergent. 

Items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Columbia City Hall; 1737 Main St. 
  • Columbia Fire Department; 1800 Laurel St. 
  • Columbia Police Department; 1 Justice Square 
  • City administrative offices; 1136 Washington St., 1225 Lady St., 1800 Main St. 
  • Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.

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