By Doug Reynolds For The Island Connection
This holiday season, the spirit of giving was in full force as the Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF) received donations from Kiawah homeowners totaling over $80,000. These generous contributions will help KCF continue its goal of improving the overall quality of life on the Sea Islands (Johns and Wadmalaw islands).
The donations came from a mix of individuals, groups and foundations, and ranged from small contributions to large grants. These funds are being used to support a variety of efforts and programs, including:
• Literacy programs on the Sea Islands such as the Reading Partners Program, Communities In Schools, Begin With Books and the Barden Angel Literacy Initiative at Angel Oak Elementary.
• Repairs to the Wadmalaw Island Boy Scout camp that sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Matthew.
• Support to Back Pack Buddies, a program of the Kiawah Women’s Group, which will fund the program for a month, providing over 1,000 packs to Sea Island students.
• Significant structural repairs to sub-standard homes, including some damaged by floods and storms, most of which are home to the elderly.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our donors,” said KCF Chair Jimmy Bailey. “Without these gifts, many of these programs and efforts would simply not have been possible.”