Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for Feb. 14

For HELP Christmas program

The HELP of Beaufort Christmas program has been successfully completed for 2010. This year's annual effort provided gift certificates in appropriate amounts to many families in the Beaufort area.

Donald Goodwine of Piggly Wiggly on Boundary Street supplied us with the gift certificates, and Betty Landon, florist with the Bi-Lo on Boundary Street assisted with flower arrangements for our Mobile Meal clients.

The considerable cost of our Christmas effort is covered by donations from our area churches, fraternal clubs (such as the Barney Marshall Food Drive by the Beaufort Rotary Club, which contributed $650 and 51 bags of groceries), our local schools, and generous individuals.

As always, they have been magnificent.

We thank all our donors, too numerous to mention, from the bottom of our hearts.

May the New Year bring you and yours health and happiness.

Rebecca Spiers

Corresponding secretary

HELP of Beaufort

To good Samaritans

My mother's car was hit Feb. 6 in Dale. I want to thank all of the good Samaritans who were on the scene to assist.

I wish that I knew your names, so that I could thank you properly.

She was struck by a hit-and-run driver on her way to Charleston. We are so very thankful to every good soul who helped. Two men broke the glass, cut her seatbelt and pulled her out of her overturned, totaled car; someone got the license tag of the person who hit her and sped away; and several of Beaufort County's finest personnel took care of her from the scene to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

My sister, our husbands, and our children are so very thankful and so blessed that you were there and that you cared. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

Ginny Shuman

North Charleston

For contributing to United Way

Thank you to all of the Beaufort and Jasper county residents, workers, families, individuals, businesses, agencies and institutions who contributed time, money, talent and all kinds of special gifts to the recent United Way of the Lowcountry Annual Community Campaign.

The creativity, commitment and just plain hard work of 2010 campaign volunteers will long be remembered as a bright light in an otherwise difficult year. The responding generosity of local people who gave of themselves and their resources to help friends and neighbors in need will change the lives of thousands.

With gifts and pledges totaling $2,420,678 to this area's largest local annual fundraising drive, the United Way of the Lowcountry board of directors joins us in celebrating the hard work, tenacity and hope of people across our Lowcountry community. We applaud you for helping us accomplish a miraculous success.

As the United Way campaign thermometers go back into storage, and as we carry on our work of organizing resources to meet the needs of our local community, our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who helped with and contributed to this year's campaign.

We are proud to have worked with an extraordinary group of giving and caring people. We couldn't have done it without you.

Tom Henz, chairman

Clarece Walker, president

United Way of the Lowcountry