A pair of U.S. Coast Guard veterans now working as contractors in Charleston volunteered to help out Monday and Tuesday morning making repairs on veteran housing in need of some maintenance.
Kerry Sullivan and Hunter Lawrimore served in the Coast Guard as boatswain’s mates for 8 and 11 years respectively doing search and rescue, law enforcement and instruction. Originally from Georgetown, Lawrimore has ran his own handyman business, Hunter’s Handyman Services since 2016.
Sullivan, a Charleston native, started his handyman business, Kerry’s Handyman Business in 2017, and both have pitched in when they can to get some help for local veterans in need.
The pair works with the Tri-County Veterans Support Network, an organization that connects veterans to helpful resources, and Crisis Ministries, a multi-service homeless shelter and soup kitchen.
The support network served 888 veterans and families in 2020 alone, according to Sullivan, and provides temporary housing for 278 veterans.
Despite the work the organization does, Sullivan said there is more that the community can do to help out this time of year, including:
- Donating gift cards throughout the year, but especially around the holidays
- Donating money, which is used by various organizations to fund resources
- Volunteering time, help is always needed for maintenance on properties
- Donating furniture, specifically window AC units which can keep temperatures more comfortable during hot summers.
Donations to Tri-County Veterans Support Network can be made online at tcvsn.org.