Beaufort News

Gazette Thank You Letters for July 11

To Master Gardeners

If you missed the Beaufort Garden Club's annual "A Garden A Day" celebration of National Garden Week, you denied yourself a horticultural treat. Five perfectly splendid gardens were open to view, photograph, study and enjoy.

Thanks go to the generosity of the garden owners whose gardening efforts resulted in one of the best ever "A Garden A Day" presentations. Beaufort Garden Club hostesses and the Master Gardener in attendance daily guaranteed a successful week.

Thanks to the garden owners, Master Gardeners and club members for giving the public a once-a-year visit to some of the loveliest private gardens to be found anywhere.

Marion F. Leach


For food drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive was successfully carried out in May.

The efforts of Katrela Kennedy and all of the letter carriers in the Beaufort area resulted in a smooth and successful program.

The letter carriers' and the community's efforts made this drive one of the most successful ever. HELP of Beaufort received more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food products to replenish our pantry shelves. This was a big increase over last year.

We are most thankful to the postal patrons for their generosity and the letter carriers, themselves, for their efforts to gather the food for HELP and the needy.

Food requests for hungry families have increased tremendously over the past year and the volunteers at HELP continually try to fill the need for the Department of Social Services. It is through the efforts of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 3262 and other organizations, churches and individuals in the area that we are able to do so.

Thank you, Beaufort, for all of your help to HELP.

Rebecca Spiers

corresponding secretary


To the 'Paper Lady'

Recently, my almost daily routine changed. The "Paper Lady," Mary Lawrence, had to give up her route due to some health problems.

Now I don't see her every morning, and I miss her smiling face. For 23 years, Mary was like Santa Claus.

When she arrived with her papers each and every morning (she never missed a day or had a day off for holidays), everyone's day began with the news. When she was sometimes late (usually due to a flat tire or mechanical problem), everyone felt a sense of disappointment.

Funny how we all took for granted her faithfulness and dependability. Even when bridges were out, Mary would somehow find a way to get out to her route here on the islands. Amazing woman.

I bet I'm not the only one who misses her. Thanks, Mary, for your years of devotion to your job. I hope your health is improving.

Beth Turner

St. Helena Island

For YMCA support

The summer excitement has begun at the Wardle Family YMCA. The Y has more than 250 children enrolled in summer camp and 200 children participating in swim lessons.

The YMCA wants to extend a huge thank you to the Beaufort community for its generous support in this year's annual scholarship campaign. Through these contributions, the YMCA was able to award $66,766 in financial assistance to more than 150 children attending summer camp and another $9,680 to teach children to swim.

The YMCA is a charitable organization open to people of all abilities, ages, beliefs, cultures, faiths and incomes.

If you would like to sponsor a child this summer, please either donate online at or mail your check to 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal, SC 29935.

New YMCA members are always welcome, and financial assistance is available based on need.

For more information, stop in for a free tour or call 843-522-9622.

Michael Bostwick, CEO

Wardle Family YMCA