Beaufort News

Sunday news briefs

Coat drive donation locations announced

Furniture Warehouse Design Gallery's 20th annual coat drive kicked off Friday and will run through Dec. 31.

The program collects coats, jackets and thick sweaters to distribute to families in need.

Since it began in 1990, founders Robyn and Larry Mark have helped collect and distribute more than 33,000 coats, including 3,166 gently used outerwear pieces last year, according to a news release.

The goal this year is 3,483 coats, jackets and thick sweaters, the release said.

Donations can be dropped off at:

  • Furniture Warehouse Design Gallery, Perimeter Walk, 745 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort
  • Bluffton Self Help, 1264 May River Road
  • BB&T branch offices in Beaufort County
  • 1008 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, Hilton Head Island
  • 200 Main St., Suite 101, Hilton Head
  • 2 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton
  • 1 Kemmerlin Lane, Lady's Island
  • 905 Port Republic St., Beaufort
  • Carolina Stamper, 203A Carteret St., Beaufort
  • Hilton Head firefighters to train at demolished station

    The Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division will conduct urban search and rescue training Monday through Friday at Fire Station 1 at 70 Cordillo Parkway.

    The fire station inside Shipyard Plantation has been demolished and will be used to simulate a building collapse and the resulting search and rescue operations. The training will occur from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day and will not affect traffic on Cordillo Parkway or Executive Park Drive, according to a fire division news release.

    Coastal Discovery Museum looking for volunteers

    The Coastal Discovery Museum is hosting its annual docent and volunteer training in January and February.

    New volunteers are encouraged to attend all six sessions to learn about the Lowcountry's natural history and cultural heritage.

    The museum seeks new volunteers to, among other things, lead history walks and talks, assist with school field trips, work at the gift store and care for the gardens.

    To sign up for training, call the museum at 843-689-6767.

    The six-week training sessions will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 18. Most sessions will be at the museum.