Holiday Heroes serves dads in need, too

info@islandpacket.comNovember 28, 2013 

  • 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

    Marine Federal Credit Union, 819 Parris Island Gateway

    Chechessee Creek Club, 18 Chechessee Creek Drive

    Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, 1211 Boundary St.

    Jersey Mike's Subs, 272 Robert Smalls Parkway, Suite 340

    Optimal Health Chiropractic, 3264 Ribaut Road

    The Link, 1053 Otter Circle

    Sea Island Animal Hospital, 40 Professional Village Drive


    Bluffton Self Help, 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10

    Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties, 2 Rose Hill Way

    Jersey Mike's Subs, 1019 Fording Island Road

    Windmill Harbour Real Estate, 3 Harbour Passage

    The Estate of Westbury, 85 Kensington Blvd.

    Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services, 905 Buckwalter Parkway

    Sun City Tennis Association, U.S. 278, 127 Sun City Lane

    Bluffton United Methodist Church, 101 Calhoun St.

    Carolina Dreamers Car Club

    The Carriage Shop, 17 Buckingham Plantation Drive

    Jai Barber Dowell State Farm, 80 Baylor Drive

    Hilton Head Island

    The Deep Well Project, 154A Beach City Road

    Plantation Cafè and Deli, 81 Pope Avenue, Suite 14A

    Cool Cats Lounge, 32 Palmetto Bay Road

    Island Automotive Services, 271 William Hilton Parkway

    Island Automotive Services, 4 Palmetto Bay Road

    Jersey Mike's Subs, 11 Palmetto Bay Road

    Dillon Road Self Storage, 159 Dillon Road

    Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave.

    Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive

    Body Works, 2D Mathews Court

    Frosty Frog Cafè, 1 North Forest Beach Drive

    Marley's Island Grill, 35 Office Park Road

    More locations are being added daily. For a complete list of locations, go to the Toys for Tots website at

    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.

Although a lot of focus is put on hardworking moms trying to provide for their families at Christmastime, many hardworking dads need help, too -- and sometimes need extra encouragement to ask for it.

Recently, a father with custody of his two children came to United Way of the Lowcountry seeking Christmas gifts for his children. He has a steady job with a state agency, but no extra income for the holidays.

When you donate to the organization's Operation Holiday Heroes program, you help this father and others like him.

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 ensure 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.

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