Beaufort News

Caring for flu-ridden girl cost father a week's wages, but Holiday Heroes helped out

Recently a widower came into the United Way of the Lowcountry office seeking assistance with his utility bill. This proud single father had spent a week out of work taking care of his daughter.

Like many in the area, she was hit with the flu and missed a week of school. Because he missed work to be with her, he missed an entire week's wages, causing his already-tight budget to collapse. Thankfully, Operation Holiday Heroes was able to ensure that he would not have to make the tough decision to forego Christmas gifts for his daughter in favor of paying a bill.

Operation Holiday Heroes is a countywide collaboration of Toys for Tots, Bluffton Self Help, The Deep Well Project, the Salvation Army, Love House Ministries, The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet and United Way of the Lowcountry. Its mission is to assure that every child and family in need has toys and food for the holidays.

Donors can adopt a child for Christmas, businesses can ask employees to bring in one unwrapped gift each, and civic organizations can provide a cash donation.

To make monetary contributions for the purchase of toys and food vouchers, send a check made payable to Operation Holiday Heroes to: United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC 29901. Money also can be donated from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the United Way office at 2266 Boundary St. in Beaufort.