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Upstate community activist creates People's Pantry for those in need

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One Upstate community activist has fought for families for years. Now, she's turning her attention to helping the entire Upstate community with brand new idea.

Traci Fant, leader of the Freedom Fighters has opened up what she's calling "Kay's Young's People's Pantry."

It's a special place that people who have survived domestic violence, immediate evictions, house fires and more can turn to when they don't know how to start over. 

"Every time I look at the mural on the wall," Fant began, admiring a picture of her Aunt Kay hanging on the wall. "Every time I look at her, I know I'm doing the right thing." 

That cause still rings true within Fant, but this new fight, this cause, is a little more personal.

"In March of this year, I lost my Aunt Kay and we were very close. I brought her here a week or so before she passed," Fant said.

Once an empty room at Greenville Trade Park off Rutherford Road, it's now filled with practically any household item you can think of.

"We're going to give them something that when they walk away, they're going to walk away proud and with pride," said Fant. "That's what my aunt taught us - how to be proud of what we had and how to have pride in everything that we do."

The People's Pantry is for those recovering from domestic violence, house fire victims or those who are recently homeless. Fant said she wishes a place like the People's Pantry existed in her own life back in 2001.

"I lost everything to a house fire. Me and my children were basically homeless and we had to depend on the community to basically help us," said Fant. "Fast forward 16 years, I was blessed to have  space where I could create something for people, in the same situation I found myself in before."

The pantry offers clothing, baby supplies, towels, books and more and will soon be a safe haven for those in need in the Upstate.

"This is my way of giving the shirt off of my aunt's back," said Fant. "Showing them that, at the end of the day, there are people in this world that still care." 

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