There are many ways to donate to those in need without giving cash and the Lake House is providing several ways to do that. Your support doesn’t cost you any additional money because these are items you have around the house.
You may have seen the Box Tops for Education on packages you purchase every day. Box Tops for Education was started in 1996 by General Mills to help support education and provide schools with a way to earn money. You can find box tops in hundreds of products including cereal, storage bags, frozen products, etc. For a complete list of products, click here. Each of the box tops is worth 10 cents to a school. Mt. Zion is a local elementary school that participates in this program. You can clip the box tops and put them in the container near the front desk at the Lake House. Mt. Zion’s coordinator will send them in twice a year for cash to use for much-needed school supplies and art/music programs. Please note that the school cannot accept expired box tops.
You can help the Ronald McDonald House by bringing in Pop-Tabs from cans. These are the little tabs you use to open soda, soup, tuna or other aluminum cans. The money made by recycling these is used to offset the expenses of the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald Houses are places where families can stay or gather while a sick child is in the hospital. There is a paper Ronald McDonald House near the front desk where you can put them.
Finally, the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) and the clients it serves continue to count on the brown paper grocery bags with handles that Seabrook residents have been so faithfully dropping off at the Lake House for several years now. The bags are packed with groceries, produce, meat, eggs and bread and distributed to residents of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands at the Blessing Basket on the second Saturday of each month. The program utilizes between 1,200 and 1,800 bags per month and donations are greatly appreciated. These bags are collected in a container placed near the front desk. Special thanks to the Lake House staff who help sort and organize these bags for the Blessing Basket recipients.
(Photo credits: Box Tops for Education and Amazon.com)