A Fort Mill champion of the poor honored by Gov. Haley

Special to the Fort Mill TimesJanuary 31, 2014 

Freddie Power accepts her award from Gov. Haley’s office.

ZACH CLAYWELL

— The office of Gov. Nikki Haley honored Freddie Power with an official South Carolina Certificate of Recognition for her ongoing work with the needy both locally and abroad.

S.C. House Rep. Raye Felder (R-Dist. 26) delivered the honor on behalf of the governor’s office during a Jan. 17 ceremony at the Heritage International Ministries Conference Center.

Power received the award for her nearly two decades of service to the homeless in the greater Charlotte area, including Fort Mill and Rock Hill, and for her personal visits and support for orphanages in Haiti, South Sudan and elsewhere around the world through her foundation, Keeping Hope Alive Ministries.

Felder said she was honored to present the award to someone who “spent her entire life daring to make a difference,” noting that, “many families have benefited from her love, her concern and unselfish acts of kindness.”

Haley’s office became aware of Power’s work through letters of nomination written by Elaine Resnick and Rey and Annie Dempsey, who described Power as a “beacon of smiles and a light wherever she goes.”

“She not only gives of her time and energy, but quietly and regularly empties her pockets financially to help those people who need help,” Annie Dempsey wrote. “What a wonderful world it would be if more people could be ignited with the flames of loving mankind like Freddie Power continually demonstrates every day of her life.”

Power said she was “honored and humbled” by the award. She thanked many in attendance who had accompanied her on mission trips and other acts of service.

“God said take care of the poor, the widows and the orphans,” Power said, “and the reason He said to do this is because He knew they would need our help.”

“We who have a just little bit more give what we have, even if it’s an encouraging word, and that brings life to people,” she said.

To learn more about Keeping Hope Alive, go to keepinghopealiveministries.org.

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