A single mother recently applied for Christmas assistance through Operation Holiday Heroes.
She said her husband had lost his battle with cancer at the beginning of the year. She is now a single mother to three young boys.
When Hurricane Matthew hit, they were fortunate enough to have money saved for Christmas to use to evacuate. However, when they returned home, their home was badly damaged. A huge tree had fallen into the house and basically split it in half. Most of the damage was in the boys’ bedrooms; everything they didn’t bring with them was destroyed.
Operation Holiday Heroes assisted the mother and gave her additional resources to help with damages. The mother was truly grateful, knowing her children will have toys under the tree for Christmas.
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Operation Holiday Heroes is a countywide collaboration to ensure that every child and family in need has toys and food for Christmas. United Way of the Lowcountry partners with the Toys for Tots Foundation, The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet, Deep Well Project, Bluffton Self Help, The Salvation Army and Love House Ministries to accomplish this mission.
For information on requesting Christmas assistance, go to http://uwlowcountry.org/operation-holiday-heroes. For more information, contact United Way of the Lowcountry at 843-982-3040 or www.uwlowcountry.org.
This week’s contributions
▪ $250 in memory of Lester L. Church
▪ $200 in memory of Mickey
To make a monetary donation, make checks payable to Operation Holiday Heroes and send to United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC 29901 or drop off at United Way of the Lowcountry (Beaufort Office), 1277 Ribaut Road. (Contributors who make a monetary donation will be recognized and listed weekly in the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet. Indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.)
Donate toys by dropping them off at a Toys for Tots donation location. For a full list of toy donation drop-off locations, visit www.toysfortots.org.