Packet Thank You Letters for June 13

For your prayers

We would like to thank everyone who has been so concerned and kind during the last two deployments of our son, Tom Jr.

He has served his country in both Iraq and Afghanistan in the past three years. During that time, a day has not gone by without one or more of our friends asking about him or praying for him.

My tennis friends and my husband's friends have sent numerous packages to Tom and the soldiers under his command. If every soldier protecting our country and our families had a community like we have, it would certainly be a blessing.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your prayers and caring.

Diane and Tom Bollerman

Hilton Head Island

For your service

"Service above self" is the motto of the Rotary Club, and the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club embodies this mission in exemplary ways.

In 2007, the club issued a request for proposals to nonprofit organizations for applications to support a major project. Our capital project to create a new dementia care facility was selected and $250,000 was committed.

For three years they worked to complete this project, and despite the economic disaster in 2008 and 2009, they succeeded. Memory Matters is grateful to the Rotary Club for its perseverance, dedication and generosity. We wish to thank the club's leadership and each member, especially Dennis Nelson, the club liaison to Memory Matters.

In addition to raising this money, Rotarians physically moved us into our new facility -- a swarm of bees moving furniture and boxes and equipment. And individual Rotarians offered products and services to ensure the quality and success of this project -- paint, landscaping, asphalt, insurance and more.

The Rotarians embraced and supported our mission: to meet the growing need in our community to provide services to families affected by dementia. The club is an extraordinary advocate for the senior citizens in our community.

It helped to create a center of excellence in dementia care to provide crucial services to both those afflicted with dementia and their caregivers. For information, call 843-842-6688.

Edwina Hoyle, executive director

Memory Matters

Hilton Head island

For your time

The Knights of Columbus Council 10668 and St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church wish to thank everyone who contributed time, supplies and donations for the mission trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

A special thank you to: Penske Truck Rental Dillon Road, First Federal, South Carolina Bank & Trust, BNC Bank, Walmart, Shell Gas Station Mathews Drive, Publix, Harris Teeter, Skull Creek Boathouse, Street Meet, Hilton Head Signs, St. Francis Youth Group, Children of St. Francis Catholic School, St. Francis Thrift Shop, Off Island Thrift, Complete Cleaning Company, WSAV, WJCL, The Island Packet, Bluffton Today and 104.9 The Surf for getting the word out.

Bart Bubnell

Hilton Head Island

To our hosts

I would like to thank Vagabond Cruises and the Mellow Mushroom for hosting Mr. Slaughter's fourth-grade class from Hilton Head Island Elementary School.

Capt. Keith Walston, owner of Vagabond Cruises, provided a fun and educational cruise for the children. They saw many dolphins, handled a nonpoisonous jellyfish, learned about animal habitats, and saw the Daufuskie Island lighthouse. Kim Boyce at Mellow Mushroom hosted the children for some delicious pizza after the cruise. Also, thank you to the children who were all well behaved during the entire field trip.

Again, thank you to the Walston family of Vagabond cruises and the Boyce family of Mellow Mushroom for providing a wonderful opportunity for the children and for the many other things that both companies do to support our local schools.

Ellen Boney

Hilton Head Island

For generosity

Jasper County is pleased to have a Publix supermarket, which opened in Hardeeville just about a year ago. On May 13, it supplied Jasper County Neighbors United with a real treat.

This nonprofit organization serves Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties in the areas of human services, community development, housing, education, and family and youth development.

We were treated to a delicious dinner from the Publix deli. It is a blessing to have such a wonderful supermarket in our county.

Florette Ford


To St. Luke's Church

I would like to acknowledge St. Luke's Church Mouse Thrift Shop on Dunnagans Alley.

Your readers should be aware of the "lending" policy of equipment for patients recovering from accidents or operations when they return home from hospital care.

We have been the recipients of such borrowed items as wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs and are grateful for the availability of this service.

Everyone is so helpful and cheerful. In addition, the shop has wonderful donations attractively displayed.

When in need, this is a great resource. Thank you.

Marilyn Rawlings

Hilton Head Island