In the final week, Operation Holiday Heroes received the following contributions:
In memory of Carolyn and Bill Monson: $500
Lowcountry Turf Equipment Tech Assoc.: $400
Callawassie Island Men's Golf Club: $140
Audrey McBratney: $100
Joseph and Susan Morlino: $100
Jack and Carla Smith: $100
George and Patricia Wilson: $100
This week's total: $1,140
Total to date: $3,695
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Jim is a father of three. With the construction trade still feeling the effects of the recession, he had to start working on his own, doing odd jobs to make ends meet.
Just when he was getting the family back on track, he fell off a roof and broke his leg. Since he had no insurance, all the money that had been squirreled away for Christmas went to doctor bills.
"I've got to say, I was feeling beat down by the world. I made a sarcastic comment ... about how I was going to be wearing my children's Christmas presents around my leg, and that's when she pointed to the Toys for Tots box," Jim said. "I hobbled out of that clinic with a brand new cast and renewed hope."
Jim's family, and those like his, are the faces of those benefiting from Operation Holiday Heroes, and the help couldn't be provided without a caring and generous community. On behalf of all of those children, thanks to the working mothers who put Barbie dolls in the Toys for Tots boxes, to the business owners who placed boxes in their establishments, and to those who made donations.
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 ensure that every child and family in need has toys and food for the holidays.
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