A family came into one of the United Way of the Lowcountry’s partner agencies seeking assistance to help keep their lights on and brightened spirits with their giving hearts.
Both of the parents are working and just able to make ends meet to support their family of five, with children ages 2, 3 and 5.
Despite their financial struggles, they are doing all they can to teach their children about the importance of giving to others. As the mother and her children came into the office to meet with the social worker, each child was carrying a toy.
On the way out, each of the children gave their toy to the social worker in the hopes she would share it with a child who didn’t have toys.
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The mother said each of the children picked a toy from their toy box to bring into the agency to donate to other children for Christmas.
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
▪ Anonymous donor: $1,000
▪ Anonymous donor: $200
▪ Lt. Gen. (Retired) Michael A. Canavan and Ambassador Katherine H. Canavan: $250
▪ Katherine Green: $200
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/The 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.