Packet Thank You Letters for July 18

To Long Cove fund

On behalf of the Backpack Buddies Program of Hilton Head, I am thankful for the generosity of the Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund.

The grant bestowed upon us will allow us meet our commitment to increase the number of children being fed on the weekends from 50 children in 2010-11 to 120 children by the end of the 2013 school year.

In the Hilton Head Island public elementary schools, almost 50 percent of the children are eligible for free or subsidized meals at school. Many of these children do not have enough food on the weekends.

Backpack Buddies, a partner of the Lowcountry Food Bank, provides a backpack filled with nutritionally sound, shelf-stable, child-friendly food to needy children each weekend of the school year. Our grant will enable us to obtain supplemental fresh fruit, as well as other extras. We also will be searching for a larger storage and packing facility needed to accommodate approximately 300 children who are in need on the island.

Everyone on Hilton Head should be proud to live in a community that cares for all its children.

Janet Weingarten, chairman

Back Pack Buddies

Hunger and Homeless Coalition

Hilton Head Island

To St. Francis Thrift

The volunteers, staff and board of directors extend grateful appreciation to St. Francis Thrift Shop for a 2011 grant presented at a special ceremony July 12 at St. Francis Thrift Shop. It was indeed an honor to be a recipient, along with a number of other worthy organizations in our community.

Bluffton Self Help will use these funds for housing assistance. Last year, we assisted more than 22,000 people with food, clothing and financial assistance.

The St. Francis Thrift Shop is at 6 Southwood Park Drive, just off William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island. Donors drop off clothing, housewares, artwork, working appliances and furniture to be sold, with proceeds going to serve the needy of the community through the outreach ministries of St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church and through direct grants.

Thank you, St. Francis Thrift Shop, for helping us help our neighbors stay in their homes.

Lili Coleman, executive director

Bluffton Self Help


For Fourth fun

Thank you to all who attended, participated and supported this year's 27th Skull Creek July 4th Celebration fireworks display. The event was by all accounts outstanding and picture perfect.

Our sincere appreciation to: The U.S. Coast Guard, our local Coast Guard Auxiliary, the state Department of Natural Resources, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division, the Chart House, the Country Club of Hilton Head, Hargray, Hilton Head Boathouse Marina, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association, Monty Jett, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Pearlstine Distributors, Skull Creek Boathouse, the Old Fort Pub, Melrose Pyrotechnics, the Town of Hilton Head Island, The Island Packet, TD Bank, the Boys & Girls Club, the Island Recreation Association, Wick Scurry, J&W Corp. of Greenwood, the Rev. Ben Williams of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, and Clarence Mack and family.

Without the generous support of our sponsors, there just wouldn't be a show. And finally, thanks to all of you who came to enjoy the festivities and watch the display.

Gloria and Brian Carmines

Hudson's Seafood

Hilton Head Island

For Sun City support

Summer is the busiest time for the Wardle Family YMCA in the town of Port Royal. More than 250 children swarm the YMCA each morning in hopes of making lasting friendships and memories at summer camp.

July 11 marked the first day of "Camp Growing Green," and 17 campers embarked on a journey to beautify the YMCA. Thanks to a generous donation from Sun City Hilton Head Association and Pulte Group, the kids were fully equipped to do just that. The groups donated five-piece garden tool bags to each camper and counselor. The tote includes a hand shovel and rake, gardening gloves and even a book with useful gardening tips.

Many thanks are extended from the YMCA staff and campers to Sun City. Without community support, the YMCA could not exist and the garden kits put a genuine smile on every camper's face.

The YMCA is a charitable organization open to people of all abilities, ages, beliefs, cultures, faiths and incomes. Child sponsorships are available to donors, new YMCA members are welcome and financial assistance is available based on need. For information, stop in or call 843-522-9622.

Michael Bostwick


Wardle Family YMCA