The tradition of Thanksgiving is to celebrate the harvest and the blessings of the past year through expressions of gratitude and thankfulness. It is in this rich context that the Blessing Basket, a program of the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation, extends its gratitude to the Seabrook Island community and other neighbors for their continued support of our mission: Fighting Island Hunger. Generous financial and other contributions, along with innumerable volunteer hours, enable the Blessing Basket to provide food to individuals and families in need on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.
While we do get some USDA food through the Lowcountry Food Bank, the majority of the items we distribute is purchased with the donations we receive. Clients especially appreciate the fresh produce, bread, meat and fish they receive, as well as occasional toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies. For the upcoming Thanksgiving and December holidays, each client will receive a turkey and some of the traditional fixings that will enable them to prepare a dignified, satisfying meal.
Several particularly significant gifts have enabled us to grow the program and distribute over 250 Blessing Baskets each month. The Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament held in October designated the Blessing Basket as its charity once again this year and the funds raised will largely sustain the program for the upcoming year. Recently, the Blessing Basket received a generous gift from the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club. During the course of the year Kiawah Cares, the Town of Kiawah, The Point, and The Gift Today have also been very strong supporters of the program. In addition, upon the death of Bob Atkinson, the Atkinson family’s request that memorial donations be directed to the Blessing Basket generated an overwhelming response. And SIPOA is once again sponsoring the Holiday Canned Food Drive currently taking place at the Lake House. This effort provides an invaluable supplement to our inventory for several months into the new year.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to these donors and to everyone who plays a part in the work of the Blessing Basket. What we are able to do would not be possible without the generosity of this community. Thank you!
Submitted by Shirley Salvo, President, Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation