Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for Jan. 24

For Festival of Trees

Christmas in Beaufort is such a special time, thanks in large part to the Festival of Trees benefiting Friends of Caroline Hospice. After 22 years, the festival still is going strong, delighting all generations with its beauty, creativity and fun.

It is with the deepest appreciation that I write to thank everyone involved with making the 2010 Festival of Trees one of our best years ever. The amount of effort that goes into planning and organizing such a fundraiser is enormous. The number of volunteers and staff and the hours they work are staggering.

The mission of Friends of Caroline Hospice is what inspires this selfless endeavor. Friends is committed to assisting people with end-of-life issues who choose to stay in their homes. Friends provides professional care and services not only to them but also to their families. Its programs help all ages cope with the death of loved ones. Friends does all this without charge to the patient or any insurance entity.

A huge thank you to all who supported the 2010 Festival of Trees so that the mission of Friends of Caroline Hospice can go forward.

Vicki Verity


Friends of Caroline Hospice

For coat donations

It's been a cold, cold winter, but because of this wonderful community's help, hundreds of families have been a little warmer because of the success of our 20th annual FWDG Coat Drive.

Our goal was to collect 3,484 coats and jackets between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 -- and our final tally shows we, as a community, beat that goal with 4,114 coats collected.

This doesn't include all the jackets that were taken by generous people directly to our distributors -- HELP of Beaufort, Bluffton Self Help and Hilton Head Island's Deep Well Project. Over the 20 year history of our drive, we have collected more than 37,000 coats that have been shared with our neighbors in need.

This year we had help from several local schools, including Beaufort Middle School, which gathered more than 400 coats alone. Kudos and thanks to all Beaufort County branches of BB&T and the Beaufort Police Department for opening their hearts and lobbies to collect coats on our behalf.

We gratefully acknowledge the media for their part in getting out the word about the FWDG Coat Drive -- in this age of instant communication, our local media did a wonderful job rallying interest in the Coat Drive.

Beaufort County, thanks for a wonderful 20th anniversary of the Coat Drive.

Robyn and Larry Mark