Packet Thank You Letters for Feb. 7

To The Bargain Box

I would like to thank The Bargain Box for the lovely luncheon held Jan. 18 to honor volunteers and recognize grantees.

The lunch was delicious, and the company at my table was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed having lunch with Noreen Whalen; Becky Kleyn; Barbara Norman; Lorraine and Mike Quinn; Sissy Jarrell; and Siri Kerr, vice president of recruitment -- seven of the 300-plus dedicated volunteers who make The Bargain Box a vibrantly successful charitable organization that so generously supports our community.

Karen Edwards, president for the past four years and responsible for so many value-added improvements to The Bargain Box, passed her gavel to Sheila Skhor, whose capable hands will carry on. Karen Edwards also offered many remarkable statistics about The Bargain Box's 2010 year, including that it just completed its 46th year, they are the fourth-largest donor in Beaufort County, and they have given $12 million in donations since inception. In 2010, they distributed more than $350,000 in grants and in-kind. Skhor offered compassionate remarks regarding the children they serve, saying, "When children eat, learn and discover the wonders of nature, they are most profoundly impacted." Well said.

The Children's Center is one of the 33 grantees out of 51 applications in 2010, and we are deeply grateful for The Bargain Box's ongoing commitment to our mission. The Bargain Box has partnered with our Children's Center organization for nearly as many years as we have both existed. We appreciate you.

Jan Smith

The Children's Center

Hilton Head Island

To loyal customers

As our 10th year at St. Francis Thrift Shop has come to a close, all of our volunteers and I would like to thank you, our dedicated customers, for making 2010 our most profitable year ever.

In addition to supporting education at St. Francis School, your support has enabled us to provide monetary grants to the following recipients: Access Network, Alzheimer's Respite & Resource, American Red Cross-Palmetto Chapter, Bluffton Self Help, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, Heroes on Horseback, Hilton Head Citizens for Life, Hilton Head Heroes, Island Recreation Association, Latin American Council of South Carolina, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Community Development Corp., LowCountry Legal Aid, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Lowcountry, Programs for Exceptional People, Sabor Latino of Hilton Head, Second Helpings, St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Children's Center, The First Presbyterian Day School and Volunteers In Medicine.

Together, we make a difference to those in need throughout the community. We graciously thank you for your valued support in this important ministry.

Christine Hadersbeck, manager

St. Francis Thrift Shop

Hilton Head Island

For rescue, support

Our family was hit with a tragedy this past December. We lost our home due to a fire, and we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to those who first responded to ensure our safety and to those who continue to help and support us.

First, and most importantly, we would like to thank and applaud the outstanding response by the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division. We are all truly blessed to have such a highly trained and professional group of men and women protecting us. It was their speed and bravery that kept this unfortunate situation from becoming a terrible tragedy. Also, a special thank you needs to go out to the fine people of the Palmetto Dunes security force, whose quick and coordinated actions lead to everyone being well-informed.

We also would like to thank everyone in the community for all of your thoughts, prayers and support. We have been amazed by our community's support, which has helped us move past this event and look forward to the future. We are all very lucky to live in a tight-knit community that is so very friendly and caring.

Brian and Babs Neumann

Hilton Head Island

To Lions Club

On behalf of the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation and the students we serve, I want to thank the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club for its recent generous contribution to the foundation's scholarship fund.

The gift assists the foundation in supporting TCL's vision of being the premier academic institution -- visionary, vibrant and valued -- engaged in leading the region to economic prosperity by providing innovative workforce solutions.

The foundation's key mission is providing scholarships to deserving students, such as Trent Smith, a nursing student and recipient of the Jay E. D'Meza Memorial Scholarship provided by the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club.

"These scholarships play an integral role in continuing my education and in helping me change my life and achieve my dreams," Smith said.

This year, with the support of such organizations as the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club, TCL is able to provide an affordable, accessible and quality education to a record number of students. Doors have been opened. Lives have been changed.

Annually, TCL serves about 10,000 credit and continuing education students. The college's commitment to hands-on learning in a highly technical setting is why TCL's success is real and inspiring.

Thanks again to the Sun City-Okatie Lions Club for supporting TCL and its students. Their contribution helps TCL fulfill its commitment to building a vibrant, more educated and prosperous community.

Dianne K. Garnett

executive director

Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation