“On behalf of the students, parents, faculty, and staff of Frierson Elementary, I cannot thank Kiawah Cares enough for your partnership this school year. Your love for our children and their families is truly evident with every donation, program, and service they provide. It is my job to fill the holes in these students’ lives, wherever they may be, and I cannot remember how the job was done before Kiawah Cares took us under your wing. One example of your incredible impact shines through the ‘Adopt-An-Elf’ program, which funds new uniforms and school supplies for our neediest children. The first distribution was more emotional than I could have ever imagined. Parents cried. First-graders were elated for new socks. Kids walked confidently down the hallway. They will all be warm this winter. For this, and for so many other wonderful things, I am overwhelmingly grateful.”
Corinne Crawford, Student Support Specialist, Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area
“I have had the privilege of participating in two wonderful community support programs that receive support from Kiawah Cares. This support is both generous and essential to the operation of these programs.
I have been a Reading Partner at Angel Oak Elementary School for three years and have seen first-hand how this program not only helps students to radically improve their reading skills but also exposes them to the joy of reading. Although there are many hard working folks that participate in this program, I know that Kiawah Cares has supported Reading Partners through financial aid and the recruitment of numerous Kiawah Island volunteers.
I also participate in a special ministry at the Johns Island Presbyterian Church (nicknamed CHIP, which stands for Community Home Improvement Project). The mission for this project is to provide safe and secure housing for our island neighbors who have homes that need repairs. Many of these homes were damaged in the recent 1000-year flood and last year’s hurricane.
Over the past two years, Kiawah Cares has provided financial support, as well as donated building materials, appliances and furniture to CHIP. These items were used to improve the living conditions of over 30 island families.
Neither of these programs would be as effective as they are without the gracious support of Kiawah Cares and the generous contributions from Kiawah Island residents.”
Tom Stallings, Reading Partner and CHIP Ministry Volunteer
“Thank you for including my family in the Kiawah Giving Tree. My children had a fabulous Christmas!!! The kids loved their presents sooooo much. Kiawah was amazingly generous. These folks went above and beyond. I wish they could have seen the smiles on my girls’ faces. It touched my heart more than they’ll ever know. These gifts moved me to tears and Christmas morning was a celebration! My husband and I are so grateful. We appreciate you and everyone who opened their hearts and wallets. Thankful thankful thankful.
Happy New Year! May you be blessed the way you blessed us.”
2015 Giving Tree Parent