I am writing to sing the praises for John Smith, the social worker at Hilton Head Island High School.
Smith has helped numerous teens and families throughout their high school years, but he has been especially supportive since the latest car accident.
In the days following the accident, he spent hours supporting the families and kids through this ordeal. He traveled back and forth to Savannah to be with the families during the tough surgical hours and giving hugs to the teens when needed. His presence lent calm and reassurance to us all. Thank you, John Smith.
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Hilton Head Island
For filling the van
With grateful hearts the students and staff at Heritage Academy want to thank local Hilton Head Island residents and businesses for helping make the "Fill the Van with Cans" campaign a big success.
More than 540 pounds of nonperishable food items and toiletries were delivered to The Deep Well Project. Our appreciation goes out to the Northridge branch of First Citizens Bank and businesses along New Orleans Road -- Blockbuster, Red Rover, Total Exposure and Vacation Timeshares -- for their support.
Director of admissions
Hilton Head Island
For oyster roast
On behalf of the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation and the students we serve, I want to thank the sponsors and attendees of our oyster roast for their generous contribution to the event. The oyster roast was held Oct. 29 and benefitted the foundation's scholarship fund.
The support the foundation received from the following individual and business sponsors ensured the inaugural TCLF Oyster Roast was a success:
Allen Patterson Residential; Association for Continuing Education; Atlantic Asphalt; Atlantic Community Bank; Mr. and Mrs. Andy Beall; Gen. and Mrs. Art Brown; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Church; Coastal Pride; D&S Heating and Cooling; Mr. and Mrs. J. Jefferson Davis; Jim Davidson; DUDE Magazine; Mr. and Mrs. Chalmers Gorman; Green Bug All Natural; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kahl; Mr. and Mrs. John J. McCann; Kevin Roberson and Leanne Jewett with Merrill Lynch; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Patterson and Russell Patterson.
As our community's college, TCL strives to provide an affordable, accessible and quality education. Donations given by individuals and businesses such as these make that a reality for hardworking students.
The college's commitment to hands-on learning in a highly technical setting, results in changing our students' lives. The contributions made by private donors, businesses and organizations make a tremendous difference in the lives of many.
A gift to TCL is a gift to our community.
John J. McCann
Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation
Hilton Head Island
On Nov. 10, I attended the grand opening of the new large, beautiful Bluffton Self Help facility in Sheridan Park to support the needy families of this community with food and clothing.
I was moved to tears to see the generosity of donors in this community (to which the plaques on the wall attest). It made the dream envisioned by Peter Bromley (the board's president) come to fruition. It renewed my faith in humanity -- I, who have seen the worst and the best of humanity.
Please visit the institution, volunteer if you can, bring food, clothing or money to continue this valuable service. Give hope and support for families in great need during these critical times.
Each year, when the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York is taken down after the holidays, the wood is milled and used in Habitat for Humanity houses, a wonderful example of community support for truly affordable housing for families in need.
Community support has allowed Habitat to build more than 500,000 houses worldwide for families that cannot ever hope to have a simple, decent, affordable home of their own. In Beaufort and Jasper counties, more than 130 families live in houses built by Habitat volunteers and sold at no profit to people who perform hundreds of hours of sweat equity and attend 20 seminars on homeownership.
As Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity prepares for its newest community on Hilton Head Island, we need the continued support of the entire community to make this dream a reality. In this time of giving, please think about the folks who help make Hilton Head such a wonderful place to live -- those working on golf courses, in restaurants, gift shops or hospitals. Help Habitat make home ownership on Hilton Head Island possible for these folks too.
There are many important ways to help. You can swing a hammer, paint a wall, serve on a committee or work at the Restore. Please make a donation to Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity. Without your continued financial support this dream for many will not become a reality.
James Ogden, chairman
Patricia Carey Wirth, president
Hilton Head Regional
Habitat for Humanity