A widow recently sought help through the Holiday Heroes program to get toys for her children this holiday season.
In the past year, she had lost her husband to a sudden heart attack at age 46. Now, after moving back in with her mother and trying to find employment to make up for lost income, she found herself remembering better times, when her three children were able to give away one of their toys to someone in need. To ensure a happy Christmas for her own three children this year, she sought help in the place where she once went to give it.
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.
How to give
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
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 Ave., 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 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, 843-785-284