Operation Holiday Heroes helps provide for people in need

info@islandpacket.comDecember 7, 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, Beaufort

    Salvation Army, 2505 North St.

    United Way, 2266 Boundary St.

    Lowcountry Insurance Services, 80 Lady's Island Drive

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


    Bluffton Self Help, 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10

    14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office, 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 2

    American Residential Services, 2 Plantation Park Drive

    Banana Republic Factory Store, Tanger Outlet Center 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

    The Deep Well Project, 154A Beach City Road

    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 www.toysfortots.org.

  • 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 the United Way at 843-982-3040, extension 27.

This week's contributions

Operation Holiday Heroes has received the following contributions:

Anonymous: $1,000

Loring P. Stone: $200

Edward and Linda Ball: $100

In honor of Mickey Bonefede: $100

This week's total: $1,400

Total to date: $1,775

Two years ago, Jessie was living in her car with her child.

Now, she is working at a local gas station at night and attending college during the day. She graduates next semester, but in the meantime, she can't afford gifts for her 4-year-old.

Operation Holiday Heroes stepped in and will be providing toys and food for families just like Jessie's at Christmas to ensure that every child wakes up to presents under the tree.

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.

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

To volunteer, call Chrissy Mucha at 843-982-3040, extension 27.

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