Sometimes with all of the hoopla surrounding the holiday season it is easy to forget that giving to others is what is most important.
There are numerous ways to help out the people, animals, and island itself this time of year.
- The food pantry on the island provides many struggling families on the island with food that they might not have had otherwise. The pantry is always in need of canned meat and other non-perishable items especially canned vegetables and fruit along with boxed or bagged food items. Financial donations also are accepted. The food pantry is located at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1589, Highway 174. Call 843-869-3568 for more information.
Visit With These Hands Gallery by December 20th to purchase handmade ornaments from the holiday giving tree. All proceeds generated from the sales of the ornaments will go toward helping those in need in the community.
- The animals living on the island could also use a helping hand. Currently, seven adult dogs and seven puppies are calling Animal Lovers of Edisto K9 Rescue home. The organization exists solely on donations and they are always in need of monetary donations, foster homes, and forever homes. More than 60 dogs have found their forever homes in 2013 thanks to this rescue group. To donate to the group, send checks to Animal Lovers of Edisto K9 Rescue, 8112 Palmetto Road, Edisto Island, SC 29438. Online contributions can be made at animalloversofedisto.com.
- Edisto Spay/Neuter is another organization on the island that works to help end the homeless pet population through low-cost spaying and neutering. This group is responsible for helping several of the stray cats on the island. They also help low-income families with the financial costs of spay and neuter surgeries. Contact Edisto Spay/Neuter at edistospayneuter.com or call 843-869-3164 for more information or to donate.
Helping the Island
- Preserving the Edisto way of life means that the very place we all know and love has to be protected. Contributions to preserve the natural beauty along Highway 174 and the surrounding marshland and forests can be made to the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance. Find out more information about this organization by visiting preserveedisto.org. Make a one-time donation, join the organization, or just learn about what the group does to guarantee Edisto stays as naturally unspoiled as possible.