Fighting Island Hunger With Healthy Food and Clean Water One Meal At A Time
The need is great, and growing and there is a way you can help!
27% of Wadmalaw residents and 15% of Johns Island residents live below the poverty level. That’s nearly 4,000 people who struggle with hunger here on the sea islands. Founded in early 2015, the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) was formed to ensure that consistent and dependable sources of food reach the people in need. This need has grown by leaps and bounds during the current health crisis and with the critical unemployment levels, causing SIHAF to seek increased funding.
The foundation’s annual fundraiser, The Gullah Celebration, traditionally generates funds from sponsorships, donations, ticket and food sales, and a silent auction to sustain the programs and our partners for the year. Plans for 2020 were in full swing receiving pledges from faithful contributors and donations of auction items, when the pandemic hit the lowcountry and the world, ultimately forcing the cancellation of the Gullah Celebration 2020. With 2019-2020 funds running low, we are now proceeding with the silent auction, virtually. We invite you to participate in our Online Auction.
What: The 2020 Gullah Celebration Online Auction! There are getaways, gift certificates, beautiful upholstered chairs, jewelry, accessories, baskets, quilts, services, toys, golf and more! In addition, rare watercolors from the family of Marilyn Matthesen, who lived and painted local subjects on Kiawah Island, and rare photographs from the collection of Susan Budnick, donated to and by Kiawah Cares are available.
How: Click here to join the Online Auction. Simply follow the directions to enjoy a new online experience for a very worthy cause. Bid generously and often! Share the link with friends, family and neighbors.
When: Bidding begins 8:00 am, Monday, June 1 and continues until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Pick up of items will be 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 13, in the Church of Our Saviour parking lot (4416 Betsy Kerrison Parkway).
Where: In the comfort of your own home! Sit back and relax, perhaps with a cool beverage, and peruse the auction list. Shop for items of convenience and beauty, for gifts, and just for fun. Bid full value and more and enjoy your own generosity!
Donations to the SIHAF may be made at: www.FightIslandHunger.org
Submitted by Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation