By Lauren Adams for Island Eye News
It’s the season of giving and a time to remember those in our community who are less fortunate. Each year, East Cooper Meals on Wheels’ Angel Tree Program allows individuals, community groups, churches and businesses to help make the holidays shine a little brighter. Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan’s Island is one of the local churches who annually steps in to ensure that our recipients receive gifts during the holidays. Led for the past few years by Bonnie Burton, Mission Elder at Sunrise Presbyterian, this year’s contribution equaled 60 donated gift bags from their parishioners.
This year, the response from the community was very generous, with the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Christ Our King Church, Lowcountry Senior Network, All Saints Church, East Cooper Medical Center and Palmetto Presbyterian Church—in addition to Sunrise Presbyterian—providing enough packages and gift bags for all of our recipients to have a happy holiday.
“It’s the time of year to give and to receive and our participants just love the gift. It means so much to them to know that somebody cares about them especially around the holiday season,” said, Rachel Hamilton, Meals on Wheels Recipient Services Manager, said.
East Cooper Meals on Wheels and its community partners provides a special “gift of warmth” for each recipient. Blankets, bathrobes, fleece jackets, slippers, hats, gloves, and bath and kitchen towels all make the wish list of items that will make the holidays a little happier for each homebound neighbor East Cooper Meals on Wheels serves.