With the economy still sputtering and a record number of working people registering for holiday assistance, Operation Holiday Heroes needs help to ensure every child in Beaufort and Jasper counties has a present under the tree Christmas morning.
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.
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To make monetary contributions for the purchase of toys and food vouchers, send a check, 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.
Canned goods and nonperishable food items can be brought to:
Volunteers also are needed to sort toys and help with administrative tasks. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. To volunteer, call Chrissy Mucha at 843-982-3040, extension 27.