The spirit of giving was alive on Hilton Head Island this week as members of Charter One North Realty gathered Tuesday to load a truck filled with donations for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Members of Charter One North have been collecting new, wrapped toys and new or slightly used coats since Nov. 30. The donations were to help employees of CSI Company. The mid-Atlantic company had 1,500 employees in New York and New Jersey impacted when the storm battered the region Oct. 29-30.
"The event started as a toy and coat drive but evolved into more" said Charles Sampson of Charter One North. Sampson said his daughter, Charter One North Realtor Angela Mullis, came up with the idea to collect donations.
The community responded to the agency's call for collection in droves. Businesses and individuals came forward to donate new bikes, stuffed animals, board games and clothing. Scott Sutton, manager of Belk department store, donated 100 Belkie Bears to the cause and members of First Presbyterian Day School on Hilton Head heard about the mission and donated baby clothes and jackets.
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"So many people came forward with donations. The generosity has been amazing," Sampson said.
Another company that came forward to help in a big way was High Tide Professional Carpet Cleaning & Rainbow International. Company president Ryan Moore donated a truck to transport the items. On Tuesday, Sampson Mullis, made the nearly 800-mile trip to Newtown, Pa., where the items were delivered to a CSI Company representative who will then distribute the donations to employees in need.
"Everyone's heartfelt selflessness was much appreciated," Sampson said. "I remember in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo hit our area. Many people came forward to help others and this is our way of giving back."