Several local businesses and supporters recently funded three future summer trips for the children and teens at Helping Hands. Helping Hands creates an annual campaign to help defray costs for specific trips and activities during the summer months.

Since the price of traveling can become costly with the gas, food and the number of staff and children participating, the Summer Blast Campaign is an immense help to the agency to eliminate extra costs.

This year, Education and Activities Coordinator Ashley Padgett got a jump-start on the campaign, which she began in March.

The campaign consisted of a direct mail appeal, messages shared via social media and brief ads in the monthly e-newsletter from the Communications and Special Projects Coordinator Melanie Hutto.

Through various sponsorships, the children and teens of Helping Hands, who are placed with the agency due to abuse, abandonment and/or neglect, will now be able to attend three day trips during June, July and August. The trips include going to the James Island County Park and Splash Zone, Carowinds Amusement Park and WonderWorks.

Helping Hands would like to thank the following businesses and donors for their participation in this year’s Summer Blast Campaign: Rocky and Jane Barton, Carl and Kathy Brown, Cold Creek Nurseries, David and Marion Crotty, Hutson-Etherredge Companies, Siobhan Maley, Andrew C. Marine, Sand River Woman’s Club, Ambrose Schwallie, Security Federal Bank, Social Elite Club including Melvis Holloway, Tamara Butler, Deborah Quiller, Brenda Dandy, DeeDee Stewart, Thomasina Dais, Josephine Quiller, Annette Frazier and Ann Griffin, St. John United Methodist Church – Growing Christians Class, True Value Hardware, Rich and Jan Waugh and Zion Chapter 314 Order of Eastern Star.

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Melanie Hutto

Communications and Special Projects


Helping Hands