BENEFITING: Cooperative Ministry Of North Inc
The Eartha Kitt Foundation was established to bring attention to the causes the legendary entertainer, Eartha Kitt, was passionate about.
One of Eartha’s greatest passions was to help those in need. She experienced first hand as a child what it’s like to grow up in severe poverty and hardship in her hometown of North, SC. Though she was sent to live with an aunt in New York in her youth, she never forgot her roots and where she came from. She could frequently be heard saying, “I’m just a cotton-picker from the south.” Eartha Kitt’s daughter, Kitt Shapiro, visited the town of North to celebrate South Carolina’s Legislative Proclamation declaring January 17th as Eartha Kitt Day. The highlight of that visit was a Gala thrown in honor of her mother. The Gala included a silent auction, barbecue, several books on North family genealogies, signed Eartha Kitt memorabilia and prints by acclaimed photographer Cecil Wiliams of Orangeburge county. All proceeds from the Gala went to residents in the immediate area through the Cooperative Ministry of North Inc. Kitt was struck by how the Cooperative Ministry unites the community to help each other regardless of their race or religious affiliations. This resonated with Kitt as her mother taught her that the way to live a happy life is to work together and show kindness for each other. That’s how positive change is achieved. Kitt feels that supporting the Cooperative Ministry of North so beautifully represents her mother’s philosophy.
The Cooperative Ministry provides:
*Funding to help pay utility bills
*Help with paying prescription co-pays for those who cannot afford them
*Food for families needing help
*Gas for those needing to travel for medical and employment appointments
*Repairing homes with leaking roofs and repairs to prevent injuries
This is truly neighbor helping neighbor, supporting each other and working together, for the greater good. There is no paid staff. All work is done by volunteers.
It only takes one person to effect change. It doesn't matter how small the gesture. Everyone of us is capable of helping somebody.