Goodwill provides holiday cheer to local ‘Golden Angels’

  • Sunday, January 5, 2014

More than 30 Air Force members help assemble 1,200 Golden Angel Tree gift bags which Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina donated to needy senior citizens. PHOTO PROVIDED

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina wrapped up their 14th Annual Golden Angel Tree Program with the distribution of holiday gift bags to 1,200 disadvantaged seniors in and around the Lowcountry.

“With so many wonderful programs dedicated to the children in our community, we made the decision several years ago to shift our focus to another group in need that is often overlooked, our disadvantaged seniors,” said Goodwill Community Relations Officer Tina Marshall. “Seniors face many challenges on a fixed income with the rising cost of prescriptions and health care, finding affordable housing and overall inflation. We wanted to make sure the seniors of our community are also cared for during the holidays.”

For several weeks, Goodwill and local volunteers shopped for items and created 1,200 holiday gift bags full of items to meet the wishes and needs of seniors. The holiday gift bags included items such as blankets, socks, winter clothing, toiletries, food items and other gifts to provide holiday cheer to the recipients. Gift bags were distributed to disadvantaged seniors in the Tri-County, Beaufort, Bluffton, Walterboro, Sumter, Florence, Orangeburg and Grand Strand communities where Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina operates retail stores and Job Link Centers.

Goodwill not only credits the contributions from local businesses, individuals and families for the success of this year’s program but also recognizes and gives special thanks to FOX 24, Charleston Crab Shacks and The Grill & Island Bar for their support of this year’s Golden Angel Tree program.

The Golden Angel Tree Program is funded through community donations and the sale of “Golden Angels” at each of the Goodwill stores. Customers can purchase the angels during the holidays for a $1 donation. All sales go directly to the program.

Recipients of the bags are determined by Goodwill’s area partners. In the Tri-County area, gift bags were distributed to seniors associated with the Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Roper Hospice, Rural Mission and the Trident Area on Aging.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a nonprofit social service organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. More than 90 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves their mission by providing career counseling, job training, and other employment related programs to people with barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill placed more than 800 people into new jobs and served over 37,500. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit www.palmettogoodwill.org.

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