Holiday Heroes aims to help those in need this holiday season

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Holiday Heroes aims to help those in need this holiday season

From staff reports
Published Friday, November 30, 2012   |  320 Words  |  

Last week was a week to give thanks for blessings, but for some in our community, this week brought worries about how to provide presents or a family dinner for Christmas.

Joanne thought she had "weathered the emotional storm" after her husband had aggressive treatment for cancer and got a clean bill of health. But when her two small children brought her their Christmas lists, and she knew there was no way they were going to be able to afford the gifts, she realized the cancer had taken more than her husband's health.

Depression was starting to set in when someone from her church told her about Operation Holiday Heroes.

"I felt so blessed about my husband's prognosis, that I couldn't bring myself to ask God for something as small as toys for Christmas," Joanne said. "When a member of my church told me about the program, I felt my unasked prayers had been answered."

Operation Holiday Heroes is a countywide collaboration of Toys for Tots, Bluffton Self Help, The Deep Well Project, the Salvation Army, Love House Ministries, The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet, and United Way of the Lowcountry. Its mission is to assure that every child and family in need has toys and food for the holidays.

Donors can adopt a child for Christmas, businesses can ask employees to bring in one unwrapped gift each, and civic organizations can provide a cash donation.

To make monetary contributions for the purchase of toys and food vouchers, send a check made payable to Operation Holiday Heroes to: United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC 29901. Money also can be donated from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the United Way office at 2266 Boundary St. in Beaufort.

To volunteer, call Chrissy Mucha at 843-982-3040, extension 27.