Larry Amick’s boundless dedication to helping others exceeds his six foot four frame and his energy and appearance belie his 78 years. Three mornings a week, Larry gets up early to arrive at Tricounty Family Ministries in North Charleston, pick up his van, and head out to Johns Island and James Island and collect surplus groceries from Bi-Lo, Food Lion and Harris Teeter. Sometimes the containers of food can weigh as much as 50 pounds, but that’s no deterrent for Larry, who then turns around and brings the groceries to Tricounty Family Ministries receiving dock and pantry.
He humbly refers to himself as a retired pharmacist, but in truth, he’s hardly retired. When he’s not helping here, he volunteers at a free clinic at the ship yard in N. Charleston, Harvest Free Medical Clinic. “When I retired, I got to know the man running the clinic and he had been telling me he could use my help, so I decided to help them there. I was very impressed with what they were doing. I started at Tricounty Family Ministry about the same time. I found out about the ministry, all the things they do for the community, and their needs through my church, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church,” explains Larry.
“The thing that impresses me most about driving the truck , which was donated by Walmart, is the line I see every day, forming for lunch. It reminds me of the need, and how committed and able Tricounty Family Ministry is to helping their guests get fed and eventually move from crisis to sustainability through the support services and education they provide, and the donations always needed and provided by others. My wife and I also collect a lot of clothes from our church to Tricounty Family Ministries Clothes Closet.”