The SCTA, South Carolina Troopers Association, announced that the Jim Hudson Automotive Group of Columbia donated $25,000 to their organization. This is the largest donation in the history of the SCTA. The funds will be used to assist families of troopers who have been injured or given their lives in the line of duty. The gift was personally presented by Jim Hudson, owner of Jim Hudson Automotive, to the SCTA Director Mark Gosnell. The ceremony took place at Jim Hudson Lexus on Killian Road in Columbia. Patrol Colonel also attended the ceremony. “On behalf of our fallen 51 trooper families and SCTA membership, we humbly thank Jim Hudson for being an outstanding community partner and for his support for law enforcement in South Carolina,” said Mr. Gosnell. Jim Hudson stated that South Carolina Troopers represent the finest men and women South Carolina has, and that he couldn’t be more honored to assist them in their mission of keeping everyone safe. The South Carolina Troopers Association is a professional non-profit organization that provides support and advocacy for state troopers in South Carolina.
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On January 1, 2018, Keith and Jim Hudson presented a $10,000 donation check to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. program. The funds will cover all costs of the program in Richland County. The mission of D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The D.A.R.E. program is taught in every state in the USA and extends internationally to 52 countries. This year alone, over 8,000 kids will participate in Richland County. For more information on D.A.R.E. you can visit them online at dare.org.
Jim Hudson's commitment to the community has been demonstrated through multiple acts of kindness towards families and individuals in need. Over the past six years, Jim Hudson has donated millions of meals to The Harvest Hope Food Bank through their annual Jim Hudson 2,000 Event. The Automotive Group provides shelter, food, clothing and counseling to homeless women and children by donating to the Oliver Gospel Mission for their new construction of Toby’s Place facility. Jim Hudson has also donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross and donates regularly to other local charities including the Special Olympics and the Salvation Army. In addition, Jim Hudson has personally served as a sponsor for the charitable organizations of Sunshine for Children, The Heart Association, The National Kidney Foundation, Meals on Wheels and The Boy Scouts of American Indian Waters Council. In recognition for all his charitable work, Jim Hudson was presented with the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Nikki R. Haley, the state’s highest honor, for his extraordinary work and dedication to the citizens of South Carolina.