Packet Thank You Letters for Dec. 5

info@islandpacket.comDecember 5, 2011 

For caring strangers

I was recently involved in a horrific traffic accident at the intersection of New River Boulevard and U.S. 278.

After my car stopped flipping and rolling over, I landed right side up and backward in the trees parallel to U.S. 278. I was trapped in the vehicle by the trees. A young lady walked to the driver's side, where she could see my left arm was bleeding profusely. She was wearing a red shirt, which she immediately removed and wrapped it around my arm. She remained standing there, tightly holding her shirt on my arm until the fire department arrived to help me out of my car and to the ambulance. I'm embarrassed to say I did not ask her name. Wherever you are young lady, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your concern and compassion. You brought tenderness and caring to a dire situation.

Two young girls had approached the car and offered to call someone for me on their cellphones. Also, three men appeared and attempted to bend the largest tree keeping me in the car. They weren't successful and said they were sorry. I thanked them for trying.

An important thing to note is that all of these individuals were total strangers. I'll never forget their outpouring of kindness and their readiness to come to my aid.

One last thought: Thank God for seat belts.

Jim Strayer


For sponsorship

Memory Matters is grateful to all who supported our 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament at Moss Creek Golf Club, particularly the Moss Creek Property Owners Association, which selected our organization as its sponsored charity event for 2011.

We are also thankful to our sponsors: Hargray, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Hilton Head BMW, Lowcountry Golf Cars, all of our generous hole sponsors, as well as the many individuals and businesses that provided such wonderful auction items and door prizes. We are especially grateful to Heidi Wright-Tennyson and her staff at Moss Creek Golf Club for their professionalism and expertise.

It was a great event "fore" a great cause, and we would like to acknowledge the work done by our golf committee, led by Steve Asheroff. Lastly, without those who played in the tournament, the event would not have been such a success.

Due to such incredible generosity, Memory Matters will continue to provide a safety net to an ever-growing number of families in our community who care for loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Proceeds from this event will provide day-care programs, counseling, support groups, early memory loss programming and crisis intervention services. Thank you.

Edwina Hoyle, executive director

Memory Matters

Hilton Head Island

For tourney's help

On behalf of Hospice Care of the Lowcountry staff, board of directors and volunteers, we are honored to be chosen as a recipient of proceeds from the Celebrity Golf Tournament. This generous donation allows us to continue our Camp TLC.

This is a children's bereavement day camp offered to this community for children ages 6 to 16, who have experienced death of a friend or family member. The camp provides art and music therapy, role playing, story sharing, tears, laughter and friendship. In October, we had our seventh annual camp, which was very successful and well-attended. Hospice continues its bereavement services long after a loss and is available to all in need. It is our privilege to give back; provide compassionate care, comfort and honor dignity to this wonderful community.

Jenny Brasington, executive director

Hospice Care

of the Lowcountry


For baking

Treat the Troops would like to thank all the people who made this years' Christmas shipment possible for our deployed troops.

Thanks to all the ladies, the "Crumbs," who bake homemade cookies for 11 months each year and baked a total of 17,880 cookies for November.

Nationally, Treat the Troops shipped 2,815,533 cookies to our soldiers.

Along with the packed cookies, Christmas stockings were filled with candy bars, trail mix, packets of coffee, oatmeal and cocoa. The goodies for the stockings were provided by Wise Guys, Food Lion of Okatie Plaza, Holy Family Ladies Guild and the "Crumbs." Postage for shipping was generously donated by Congregation Beth Yam Men's Club, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree of Hilton Head and Holy Family Ladies Guild.

Soldiers' emails reveal how much it means to have your support from home and especially at this time of the year.

To quote from an email: "Your kindness brightens our day, and thank you for putting smiles on the faces of our men and women."

Thank you all for your help in the 2011 Treat the Troops Christmas shipment.

Linda Bemister

Treat the Troops

Hilton Head Island

To veterinarians

My 7-year-old corgi was found to have a tumor in her cervical canal by Bluffton veterinarian Ben Parker, who sent us to Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. With an on-site MRI, veterinarian Jason King, neurosurgeon, diagnosed and resected the tumor. Veterinarian Kerry Rissetto, oncologist, provided the latest in cancer treatment. When the cancer invaded Clara's eye, it was these two veterinarians who were certain that removal of Clara's eye would improve her quality of life, and indeed it has. Without them I am sure our happy Clara would not be with us today.

Also, South Carolina's only board-certified critical care veterinarian Kristin Welch and general surgeon Jason Balara worked intensely in an effort to save our corgi puppy, Annie.

Continuously communicating with us, they provided concern and even called 911 for us during the night when my elderly aunt required emergency hospitalization while we were at the vet hospital. They even took care of our 2-year-old corgi, Rocco, while we followed the ambulance to the nearby hospital.

The veterinarins' extensive training, credentials and experience give Veterinary Referral Center the capability to treat the most complicated and difficult medical and surgical cases, along with the best chance for successful outcomes.

Please go to It might save your best friend's life.

Anne Marie Germani

Hilton Head Island

For donation

The volunteers, staff and board of directors extend grateful appreciation to the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament for a 2011 grant representing the organizers hard work on behalf of the tournament to benefit organizations that service children. It was indeed an honor to be a recipient.

Bluffton Self Help will use these funds to further its mission and assist children in need. Last year, Bluffton Self Help assisted more than 22,000 people with food, clothing and financial assistance.

Thank you, Celebrity Golf, for helping us help our neighbors' children.

Lili Coleman, executive director

Bluffton Self Help


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