Packet Thank You Letters for Aug. 8

August 8, 2011 

For GED camp success

The best-kept secret on Hilton Head Island this July was a GED camp sponsored by the Lowcountry Men of the Church, formerly known as the Presbyterian Men of the Church.

Beaufort County School District superintendent Valerie Truesdale and Juanita Murrell, direct of adult education, joined forces with the Rev. Sam Martin, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church; Jeff Bradley, president of Lowcountry Men of the Church; and all the wonderful volunteers from participating churches to run a three-week, intensive and accelerated camp to prepare students for the state high school diploma equivalency test.

It was a huge success, not solely because of the number of Beaufort County adult education students who participated -- which was excellent considering it was the first attempt at such a camp -- but also because it brought together the volunteers and the students, two groups who otherwise might never have met.

The relationships that developed and blossomed were exuberant. Both the volunteers and the adult education students were not the same people they were before the camp. That is the bigger success story.

Having all the educational components in place and volunteers wholly committed to achieving success, a second GED camp is scheduled to start in November. Stay tuned.

Rich Campoli

Hilton Head Island

For excellent care

So much is written that is negative, political and beyond reasonability. This is a feel-good story within the boundaries of our very own beautiful island.

On July 25, I was a patient at the Outpatient Surgery Center of Hilton Head scheduled to have a procedure to remove a kidney stone. Certainly, this is no big deal by medical standards. But it was a big deal for me.

When you go for any surgical procedure there is a degree of unrest. That disappeared almost at the entry point. From the reception and throughout the "prep" period, I was treated joyfully, caringly and with great respect. Dr. Richard Vanderslice provided the surgical skills required for success.

From the outset, I was in good hands at the center. We should all be grateful for this facility, those who serve there and for the medical services they so devotedly render. Good health to all.

Emmett Diggs

Hilton Head Island

To Diaper Drive donors

This July, our generous community came together in an astonishing way to help care for its tiniest members by participating in the second annual Diaper Drive.

On behalf of Bluffton Self Help, The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head Island and all the organizers of the event, thank you for your gracious support.

Due to the overwhelming response, we were able to collect or purchase more than 14,000 diapers, along with plenty of wipes and diaper creams. These items will have an immediate impact on low-income families in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. Special thanks to Chick-fil-A in Bluffton, The Corner Perk, Piggly Wiggly in Bluffton and all the churches, organizations and neighborhoods who rallied around this cause to collect donations. We are so grateful to the community members who made this event such as success. It is because of your generosity that babies in our area will be cleaner, drier and healthier. Please remember that these organizations always welcome diaper donations throughout the year.

Lili Coleman, executive director

Bluffton Self Help

Bluffton

Betsy Doughtie, executive director

Deep Well Project

Hilton Head Island

Laura Jacobi

Bluffton

For 'Family Fun Day'

On Aug. 1, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosted its fourth annual "Family Fun Day" at Honey Horn.

This event gives visitors and residents a sampling of the fun and educational programs the museum has to offer during the year.

More than 550 people attended this year's event, and we were pleased to see the smiling faces of children, parents and grandparents alike who learned about our coastal environment and cultural heritage.

Thank you to all who attended. And we owe a huge thank you to The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum, the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society, the Lowcountry Estuarium, Jack Frost Ice Cream, Scott Moody, Dwayne Pickett, Richard Smith and the more than 30 Coastal Discovery Museum volunteers who helped us put this fabulous day together.

Natalie Hefter

Vice president of programs

Coastal Discovery Museum

Hilton Head Island

For website help

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum was the most recent recipient of the Charity Outreach Program by Progressive Technology.

As a thank you to the community for its continued support, Progressive Technology has created a program to assist local charities in their causes by donating their time and technology services.

Randy Levine was our main point of contact and was instrumental in the success and outcome of our brand-new website. He took all of our ideas, incorporated some of his own, as well as offered sound, practical suggestions to turn our website into an easy to read, flowing source of information for our visitors.

His patience with a group of computer "novices" was very much appreciated, even when we went back and forth with different ideas, sometimes at the 11th hour. He branded our "vision" on the front page of the website and always had our best interests at heart.

Randy Levine is an asset to Progressive Technology, as well as the Hilton Head Island community. The Charity Outreach Program is a great way to give back to the community by sharing its services to nonprofit organizations, such as The Sandbox.

We are so very thankful to have been chosen for this program and our heartfelt thanks goes out to Randy and his team at Progressive Technology.

Anne Finn, executive director

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum

Hilton Head Island

To Seabrook staff

I have just returned home from a month's stay at The Seabrook's skilled nursing facility in the Fraser Center recovering from two operations to repair and eventually replace a broken hip.

Never have I received such compassionate, cheerful and encouraging care. Every staff member was very considerate and showed interest in my well-being and progress. I was also very impressed with how they interacted and treated their long-term residents, typically with memory challenges.

This staff is certainly concerned with providing an individualized and a high-quality level of care, with a loving family feeling. I send many thanks and warmest regards to the Fraser Center staff.

Jeanne Lee

Bluffton

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