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Michael Perry“PAPA BEAR” INJURED IN HUNTING ACCIDENT

Hilton Head Island fishing captain Michael Perry, owner of “Papa Bear Fishing Charters,” was injured in a hunting accident in November when he fell from a deer stand in Tennessee. The 44-year-old father of two was impaled by a tree and rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for multiple surgeries. 

Soon after Perry was admitted, his fishing buddies on Hilton Head Island Head started an ongoing GoFundMe page (gofundme.com/f/michael-perry-medical-fund) page to help with his medical expenses. It raised $70,000 in the first 24 hours.

BOYS & GIRLS TORCH CLUB GIVES BACK

In November, the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island’s Torch Club completed a service project to clean up Gumtree Road. Eighteen members of the group, ages 11-13, volunteered for the clean up. They collected 101 pounds of trash. 

WOMEN’S SOBER-LIVING RECOVERY HOME COMES TO BEAUFORT

Low Country Hope House, a sober-living home for women recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction, is now open in Beaufort. The home accommodates up to seven female residents and a full-time house manager. Low Country Hope House provides routine, structure and rules to help women get back on their feet. For more information, go to www.lowcountryhh.com.

IF YOU WRITE A LETTER TO SANTA, HE’LL WRITE BACK

Seven fire stations on Hilton Head Island will have mailboxes for letters to Santa through mid-December. Kids can drop their letters in any of these mailboxes and receive a letter back from Santa. For more information, call 843-682-5141.

LOCAL GROUPS HELP SECOND HELPINGS BUY TRUCK

Second Helpings has a new truck for food rescue operations. Contributions from the Wexford Charitable Fund, The Heritage Classic Foundation, The Long Cove Foundation, and Belfair 1811 enabled the nonprofit to buy the refrigerated truck. Volunteers pick up food from local grocery stores and deliver it to community agencies and to Palmetto Breeze Transit’s Fill the Need program, which benefits workers who ride Palmetto Breeze buses.

LOCAL STUDENT WINS TOURISM SCHOLARSHIP

Anna Goebel, a student at University of South Carolina-Beaufort majoring in hospitality management, is one of nine college students who won a S.C. Governor’s Tourism Student Award. She was recognized for outstanding academic achievement in hospitality and tourism studies and received a $1,000 scholarship.

HEALTH CLINIC OPENS IN BUCKWALTER PUBLIX

Buckwalter Publix

Getting treatment from a doctor is now as easy as picking up a can of chicken noodle soup. Dain Rusk, vice-president of Publix Pharmacy Operations, and Russell Baxley, CEO of Beaufort Memorial Hospital, cut the ribbon on the state’s first Walk-In Care at Publix clinic while hospital Telehealth managers Jon Lohr and Lisa Taylor look on. The new clinic at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton, one of two in the state, gives patients access to board-certified health care providers during pharmacy hours. Visit www.BMHCareAnywhere.org for more information.

PALMETTO DUNES CARES SEEKS GRANT APPLICATIONS

Palmetto Dunes Cares is seeking applications for its 2020 grant program. The Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund is a charitable fund created by property owners in community. In 2020, the grants’ focus will be the environment, health and education. Applications are due by Jan. 15 and available at www.palmettodunescares.org.

BRING A NEW TOY TO BLUFFTON CHRISTMAS PARADE 

Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Bluffton Self Help’s Holiday Toy Shop to the Bluffton Christmas Parade. Collins Group Realty’s elves will pick up these toys as they come down the parade route. The parade is Dec. 7 in Old Town.