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Tuesday 13 November 2018
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BECOME A HOLIDAY HERO FOR A CHILD IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Do you remember the anticipation of waking up on Christmas morning with wonder and excitement as a child?  As we enter into this season of giving, United Way of the Lowcountry hopes you will consider helping bring that joy of Christmas to children and families in our community through Operation Holiday Heroes.
Operation Holiday Heroes is a countywide collaboration to ensure that every child and family in need has toys and food for Christmas.  United Way of the Lowcountry partners with the Toys for Tots Foundation, Beaufort Gazette/ Island Packet, Deep Well Project, Bluffton Self Help, The Salvation Army and Love House Ministries to accomplish this mission.  “Christmas is a magical time of year and we want every child in our community to wake up Christmas morning and experience that magic,” said Chrystie Turner, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of the Lowcountry.
Last year, Operation Holiday Heroes provided Christmas gifts and meals to more than 1,900 families throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties, including more than 4,000 local children.  “We receive calls on our HELPLINE every day from people who are struggling to make ends meet and this time of year many parents have to make the hard choice between spending that last paycheck before Christmas on presents to put under the tree or for utility bills to keep the lights on,” said Turner.  “We want every child to experience the joy of Christmas regardless of their financial situation.”
Ways to Help with Operation Holiday Heroes
Donate toys by dropping them off at any of the United Way of the Lowcountry offices (Beaufort, Bluffton, Ridgeland) or at one of the many Toys for Tots boxes throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  For a full list of toy donation drop-off locations, visit www.toysfortots.org
Make a monetary donation to Operation Holiday Heroes online at www.uwlowcountry.org or by making a check payable to Operation Holiday Heroes.  Send checks to United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC 29901 or drop off at United Way of the Lowcountry (Beaufort Office), located at 1277 Ribaut Road. (Contributors who make a monetary donation will be recognized and listed weekly in the Beaufort Gazette/ Island Packet.  Please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.)
Host a holiday or dinner party and collect gifts or donations for Operation Holiday Heroes.
Make a donation in memory of a loved one or in honor of them.
(Businesses) – Become a Toys for Tots Drop-off location by requesting a box on the Toys for Tots website – www.toysfortots.org
Requesting Assistance
If you need Christmas assistance, you will need to register for Operation Holiday Heroes at one of the participating sites throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  For a complete list of dates, times and locations, visit www.uwlowcountry.org.
For more information, contact United Way of the Lowcountry at 843.982.3040 or visit www.uwlowcountry.org.
Thank you for helping to bring the magic of Christmas to children in our community.