Be a hero: Help make a child's Christmas bright

info@islandpacket.comNovember 23, 2012 

  • 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

    Lowcountry Insurance Services, 80 Lady's Island Drive

    Navy Federal Credit Union, 21 Willis Road, Naval Hospital Beaufort, Building 21


    14th Judicial Circuit, 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 2

    American Residential Services, 2 Plantation Park Drive

    Banana Republic Factory Store, Tanger Outlet 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

    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

With the economy still sputtering and a record number of working people registering for holiday assistance, Operation Holiday Heroes needs help to ensure every child in Beaufort and Jasper counties has a present under the tree Christmas morning.

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.

Here's how:

To make monetary contributions for the purchase of toys and food vouchers, send a check, 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.

Canned goods and nonperishable food items can be brought to:

  • Salvation Army: 2505 North St. in Beaufort.

  • Bluffton Self Help: 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10, Bluffton, 843-757-8000.

  • The Deep Well Project: 154A Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, 843-785-2849.

  • Volunteers also are needed to sort toys and help with administrative tasks. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. To volunteer, call Chrissy Mucha at 843-982-3040, extension 27.

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