Packet Thank You Letters for May 30

May 30, 2011 

To those who visited our garden tour

We would like to congratulate All Saints Episcopal Church for a very successful Garden Tour.

It was top-shelf, and the event was incredible. We are very grateful that the Memory Garden at Memory Matters was included as a stop on the tour. The volunteers who worked here were wonderful.

One common remark from those who visited was that they finally discovered what is behind the wall on U.S. 278. I believe we had well more than 250 people visit our site.

Not only did they enjoy our garden, but the vast majority also came inside the facility to see it, and many were amazed to learn that we even existed. Many folks went away empowered with new information about our services and resources.

This event not only showcased a beautiful garden, but it also served to raise awareness about Memory Matters and the help that is available to local families who struggle caring for their loved ones with dementia. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity.

We are blessed to have everyone at All Saints advocate for us, and for our ongoing relationship.

Edwina Hoyle,

executive director

Memory Matters

Hilton Head Island

For supporting Special Olympics

Thank you to everyone who made our Special Olympics Track and Field event a great success.

More than 150 athletes participated from schools in Beaufort and Jasper counties. The event was held April 15 at Hilton Head Island High School stadium. Thanks for the many volunteers: St. Gregory the Great Knights of Columbus, Sun City Lions Club, Hampton Hall Community Foundation, Hilton Head and Bluffton high school JROTC and Teacher Cadets, Strive to Excel and many other individuals who volunteered their time.

Thanks also to the businesses and organizations who provided funding, goods and services: Palmaccio Management/McDonald's, Lowcountry Paver, Tom Cramer's Home Services, Kinghorn Insurance and Children's Relief Fund.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Without the support of our community, this mission could not be fulfilled.

Kathy Cramer

Hilton Head Island

Cherie Taylor

Bluffton

Special Olympics Area 8 co-directors

For helping Bluffton Stamp Out Hunger

On May 14, letter carriers across the country held their national Stamp Out Hunger Drive. In Bluffton, this food goes to Bluffton Self Help, which gives out food to people three times a week. The drive was a huge success this year, collecting more than 30,000 pounds of food versus 17,000 pounds last year.

We want to say a huge thank you to the letter carriers of this area who had to stop at so many mailboxes to pick up the food. Many of the bags were very heavy, but not one of them complained. As the trucks rolled in, it was gratifying to see them full of food. And a thank you to the postmaster, who was helpful in so many ways.

And a big thank you goes to all those in Bluffton who took the time to shop for the food and put it at their mailboxes.

The shelves of Bluffton Self Help were down to minimal levels.

This food will get us through the summer months while many people are on vacation or head north until the fall.

On behalf of the 22,000 clients we serve, thank you to all who participated in this drive.

John Orth, vice president

Board of directors

Bluffton Self Help

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