Justin Pepper Lunch Continues Legacy of Caring

Thornwell Hosts Event That Proves You're Never Too Young To Make a Difference

a little boy eats a hot dog at a table

Thornwell hosted the annual Justin Pepper Lunch on Saturday, December 3, in Clinton, SC. The event is held in honor of a young man who, at the age of seven, asked his parents to donate gifts to the children at Thornwell rather than buying him birthday presents.

Justin and his parents, Jim Pepper and Kari McKeone, continued this tradition of giving until 2007, when Justin tragically died in a car accident. The Justin Pepper Lunch has continued Justin’s legacy of caring, kindness, and compassion ever since.

Lake Murray Presbyterian Church members, including Justin’s parents and middle school youth group members, joined Thornwell children for the lunch.

“We’re excited that our youth group could join us this year,” said Jay Johnson, a Lake Murray Presbyterian Church member whose daughter is a member of the middle school group. “This lunch is a great way to remember Justin and for all of the kids to get to know one another. It’s a wonderful cause.”

The Justin Pepper Lunch was held in the Marshall Activities Center. All in attendance enjoyed a lunch, cooked by Mr. Pepper, and played games. The children signed a banner saying, “You’re never too young to make a difference.”

The church also brought Christmas gifts for children at Thornwell that they’ll open on Christmas morning. If you want to donate gifts for our kids, please visit the How to Donate Goods page. Please visit our Facebook page for more pictures from the event.

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