Community Connections


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Community ConnectionPolice department launching cellphone program

The Bluffton Police Department is accepting donations of old cellphones and will turn each phone into life-saving tools with free 911 emergency access for domestic violence victims and the elderly. All cellphones will be accepted, with or without charging cables, at the Bluffton Police Department at 101 Progressive St. in Buckwalter Place.

Children’s Center awarded Church Mouse grant

The Children’s Center of Hilton Head Island, a nonprofit organization that provides early childhood education and childcare services for working families in the Lowcountry, has been awarded a grant from the Church Mouse Thrift Shop to provide tuition assistance for qualified families. The Church Mouse Thrift Shop, located at 78 Arrow Road on Hilton Head Island, provides usable goods at a reasonable price. For more information, go to

Neighborhood shares holiday cheer with families in need

Community Connection5Nearly two dozen Hilton Head families contributed Christmas gifts for children and single mothers identified by Holy Family Catholic Church’s Hispanic Ministry. Michele Szynal of Oyster Landing Road asked neighbors to join in “adopting” families for Christmas gifting. She led the effort, knocking on doors to ask for support in the form of cash, checks and dozens of gifts, including bicycles, towels, blankets, toys and appliances. The gifts went to 10 children and four single moms.

Second Helpings receives donation from Food Lion Feeds

To help feed local residents, Second Helpings has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation. Second Helpings, a nonprofit organization based on Hilton Head Island, serves 60 agencies in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties, feeding 45,000 people each week. It will use the gift to provide healthy food choices for distribution to those in need.

Tanger Outlet Centers help area agencies

Community Connection2Tanger Outlet Center Hilton Head presented three Beaufort County agencies with an annual holiday gift in late December: $500 donations each to the Bluffton Township Fire District, Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services Unit and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Tanger also presented a check to DragonBoat Beaufort, which helps cancer survivors heal and regain physical and psychological strength through the camaraderie of dragon boat racing. This year’s PINKSTYLE campaign raised $13,050 to help fight breast cancer in Beaufort County.

Outside Hilton Head to host clothing drive and sale

Outside Hilton Head will host its 27th annual Recycle Your Jacket Program this month to provide warm clothing to those in need. Sweaters, coats and jackets in good condition will be collected Feb. 1-15 at the Outside Hilton Head flagship store in Shelter Cove. Those who donate will receive up to 50 percent off in-stock jackets and outerwear.

Heritage students raise money for Hilton Head Heroes

The Heritage Academy of Hilton Head Island Honor Society members held a holiday fundraiser to benefit Hilton Head Heroes. They canvassed their school, parents and friends to raise the money. Pictured: Hilton Head Heroes founders Gregg and Lindy Russell accept the check from students.