Red Kettle Day & Holiday Canned Food Drive

We may not agree on everything, but we most likely can all agree that we are very fortunate to call Seabrook Island home. During the coming holiday season, we have opportunities to give to those who are not as fortunate. The following two ways to give are being sponsored and/or supported by COVAR. We are asking for your support, as well, and encourage you to pass the word to your property owners.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Day at Harris Teeter December 12, 2019, from 9:00 am. to 6:00 pm. What a wonderful way to give back and celebrate this holiday season.

The Salvation Army provides a broad range of services to those in need. Every dollar you donate returns 82 cents to The Salvation Army program services. The average charity spends 75 percent of its budget on programs, while the remaining money goes to cover overhead costs like fundraising.

The 9:00 am. to 6:00 pm volunteer period is separated into hour shifts. Each shift needs to be ‘manned” by two volunteers to ring the bell. To sign up for an hour shift, go to,
put COVAR in the group box. It should take you to a “select shift screen” and the “down arrow” shows available shifts.
Select your shift and the rest of the prompts will register you as a volunteer and allow you to get a text notification.
Each volunteer must sign up for the shift separately and
you can opt-out of receiving additional information about the Salvation Army.

Everything will be provided to you when you arrive (including a bell). Contact Sue Cameron at if you have any questions or problems with signing up to participate.

Holiday Canned Food Drive at The Lake House now through December 10, 2019. The Holiday Canned Food Drive was initiated in 2016. In the first three years, the total amount of food has increased from almost 3,000 pounds in 2016 to approximately 7,000 pounds in 2018! Remarkable, right? The goal for 2019 is 7,500 pounds.

All food will, as in previous years, be donated to local organizations through the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation – approximately 95% of the food will remain on Johns Island or in Wadmalaw, and the balance will be distributed to families on James Island.

As many as 4,000 families in our area struggle with hunger.
Approximately 90% of the children in Johns Island and Wadmalaw live below the poverty line, so what better time to help more of our neighbors than during the holiday season?

Don’t forget, please bring canned foods only and be sure to check the expiration dates on all your cans before donating. Protein like tuna, salmon, and chicken, and complete meals like hearty soup, stew, and chili are especially appreciated. Please bring your contributions to The Lake House and place them behind the pillar under the “New Donations” sign.  They will be weighed and then added to our total.


-Submitted by Sue Cameron, COVAR

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