The Caring Coins Foundation has distributed $74,000 among various nonprofit organizations in Beaufort County.
The money comes from Hargray Communications customers who voluntarily round up the dollar amount of their monthly bill. The spare "change" collected is disbursed quarterly by an independent board of directors and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, according to the Caring Coins website.
The nonprofit organizations receiving grants Monday are:
American Red Cross -- $7,500
Boys & Girls Club Beaufort Teen Center -- $3,000
Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton -- $3,000
Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island -- $3,000
Disabled American Veterans -- $1,000
Family Promise of Beaufort County -- $2,500
Healing Haven Institute -- $2,000
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry -- $7,000
Island Recreation Center -- $5,000
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry -- $6,000
Lowcountry Autism Foundation -- $3,000
Operation R&R -- $2,500
Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Lowcountry -- $3,000
Ronald McDonald House Care Mobile -- $6,000
Second Helpings -- $10,000
Volunteers in Medicine in Bluffton and Jasper County -- $6,800
YMCA of Beaufort County -- $3,000
Since its inception in 2003, Caring Coins reports it has distributed $1.7 million to local charities. The average participant pays $5.78 a year, according to the foundation.