New, unwrapped toys can be donated to Toys for Tots and brought to any of the following locations.
East Coast Marine, 401 Parris Island Gateway
Love House Ministries, 423C Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort
Salvation Army, 2505 North St.
United Way, 2266 Boundary St.
Lowcountry Insurance Services, 80 Lady's Island Drive
Navy Federal Credit Union, 21 Willis Road, Naval Hospital Beaufort, Building 21
Bluffton Self Help, 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10
14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office, 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 2
American Residential Services, 2 Plantation Park Drive
Banana Republic Factory Store, Tanger Outlet Center 2, 1414 Fording Island Road
Bluffton Dental Care, 25 Clark Summit Drive, Suite 100
Easy2Own Furnishings, 21 Simmonsville Road
Sport Clips, 31 Hawthorne Court
Stockade Storage, 298 Red Cedar St.
Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties, 2 Rose Hill Way
Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties, 16 William Pope Drive, Suite 101
Weniger Plastic Surgery, 25 Clarks Summit Drive
Hilton Head Island
The Deep Well Project, 154A Beach City Road
Hilton Head Honda, 161 Fording Island Road
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave.
The Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway
Weichert, Realtors-Coastal Properties, 1038 William Hilton Parkway
Windmill Harbour Real Estate, 3 Harbour Passage
More locations are being added daily. For a complete list of locations, go to the Toys for Tots website at www.toysfortots.org.
Canned goods and nonperishable food items can be brought to:
Volunteers also are needed to sort toys and help with administrative tasks. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. To volunteer, call the United Way at 843-982-3040, extension 27.
This week's contributions
Operation Holiday Heroes has received the following contributions:
In memory of my father Lester L. Church: $250
Nancy D. Myers: $100
Eugene and Sandra Hauglum: $25
This week's total: $375
Total to date: $375
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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.