Packet Thank You Letters for Sept. 19

To supporters

On behalf on Second Helpings, the board and staff would like to thank our financial supporters, our food donors and especially our 278 volunteers.

United Way of the Lowcountry, Bargain Box, Calhoun Station, Beaufort Fund, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Dan Vaden, Jasper County Farm Bureau, Pyramids, Salty Dog, Hilton Head Realtors, Caring Coins, Coastal States Bank, H2 Builders, the Heritage Classic Foundation, Hilton Head Area Realtors Association, Hilton Head Firefighters Assocation, Indigo Run Women's Club, Palmetto Bluff, St. Anthony's, St. Luke's Church Mouse, St. Stephen's Outreach, Sun City Fundraiser, Tabernacle Baptist Church, United Methodist Women's Group and the Shell Station have given very generously to keep our four trucks on the road six days each week.

We also would not have a food program without our food donors. Atlanta Bread, Big Lots, Bi-Lo, Bimbo Bakery, Coastal Carolina Medical Center, Food Lion, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Heritage Farms, Island Bagels, Longhorn Steakhouse, Maryland Fried Chicken, Pepperidge Farms, Pepsi Bottling Co., Piggly Wiggly, Pizza Hut, Publix, R T Market, Sam's, Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, Target, Walgreens, Walmart Supercenters and Wild Wing Cafe all contribute to the 2.2 million pounds of food we collect and distribute each year. This breaks down to 1.1 million meals served to hungry families in the Lowcountry.

To each group listed we say a huge thank you.

Peggy Warnke, executive director

Second Helpings

Hilton Head Island

For benefit help

Committee members of the local Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention and education would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to some special members of our community who assisted us with a benefit recently.

Ed Dupuis of the May River Theatre gave us an opportunity to sell tickets for the preview night of "Nunset Boulevard" to raise funds for the walk. Helene Stoller & Associates sponsored the lovely opening reception we held that evening before the show. Murr Printing in Beaufort donated the printing of our tickets. Many thanks to them.

We had a small but enthusiastic audience attending the show, and we appreciate every single guest who purchased a ticket.

The annual Bluffton community Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Oct. 9 at the Hilton Head Gateway Campus of the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Registration will be at 1 p.m., with a brief memorial ceremony and the walk at 2 p.m. We invite the community to join us to walk for awareness, education and prevention of suicide. Details: 843-540-1841

Lynne Hummell

Hilton Head Island

For SOMA gifts

The volunteers, staff and board of directors extend grateful appreciation to SOMA Intimates Tanger Outlet Center 1 for its collection of more than 358 gently used bras during its recent promotion and the donation of these items to Bluffton Self Help. The clients needing free clothing appreciated these items.

Last year, Bluffton Self Help assisted more than 22,000 people with food, clothing and financial assistance.

Thank you, SOMA Intimates, for helping us help our neighbors.

Lili Coleman, executive director

Bluffton Self Help


To drive donors

The Heather Trew Foundation, partnering with The Blood Alliance, wishes to thank all the donors involved in the success of the July 29 blood drive in memory of Matthew Carrabba.

Breaking records, 90 units of blood were collected with 108 people signing in to donate, including 16 first-time donors, contributing to the lives of 270 people. During the drive, donors were encouraged to register online to donate organs, eyes and tissue. More than 110,000 people are waiting for an organ, and 18 people die daily needlessly.

With our theme "locals helping locals," we would like to thank all those who helped make this a fun and festive event: Hilton Head Preparatory School for the beautiful facility. Business sponsors: Omega Graphics, The Herb King Foundation, The Sea Pines Resort, Reba Management, ITS Classics, Celebration Supplies, The Greenery, Pyramids, Flowers by Sue, Palmetto Hall and Donate Life.

Yummy food was supplied by Truffles Cafè, Paulie's Pizza, Deli by the Beach, The Crazy Crab Harbour Town and Publix.

A special thank you to Chris Heyburn and Tim Neil, event coordinators. To our faithful volunteers: Karen Neil, Suzanne Neil, Ben Neil, Katherine King, Anna Kerner, Channing Fiske, Leah Carrabba, Barbara Ladd, Lesa Murrell, Chris Bertha, Nick Jordan and Joel Morgenstern and all the donors, we love you.

Judy Trew

Hilton Head Island

For Doctors Care

Visitors and Lowcountry residents are fortunate to have Doctors Care in Bluffton.

As new residents, my husband and I have had several occasions to use the services of Doctors Care, an urgent-care facility. Each of our visits has been a minimum wait time. The facility is immaculate and orderly with a helpful, efficient staff. For our purposes, the facility had the necessary on-site X-ray and testing we needed. The doctors are exceptional -- thorough and careful in their diagnosis and caring listeners. After each visit we received follow-up calls to inquire about our progress. Thank you, Doctors Care.

Dorothy Eleanor Fall

Kenneth O. Shelton

Hilton Head Island