The Lucky One..
Imagine, you are all alone and scared. The only connection with the outside world is the daily news. That’s even more scary. You visit with family and friends on Facetime. That is, when you can get it to work. You are 93 years old, residing in an independent facility and your meals are being left on a chair outside your door to support “social distancing.”
In your entire lifetime, this is the first time you’ve experienced anything like this. You remember World War II, but you were just a young spirited teenager so you had little knowledge of what was really going on. All you knew is that the local roller skating rink was waiting for you and the young soldiers looked so handsome.
You are luckier than some and you know it.
Those Not So Lucky...
There are hundreds of seniors and elderly people locked down in their homes with little food and no outside contact. They wait for a good samaritan to bring them a meal from the local food pantry. They depend on that food to stay healthy.
One local agency in Beaufort is supplying meals daily to 56 seniors near them and conducting a wellness check. The agency volunteers receive the frozen meals once a week and deliver them daily. Won’t you help us, help them feed their older neighbors? Make a donation to Second Helpings of $56 or $112 and we will know where you want us to spend your gift. It will support the effort to feed our elderly neighbors. Visit www.secondhelpingslc.org today.
Monday's Super Heros!
Second Helpings' coordinator North of the Broad, Kelley Eby and our mighty Karen, a Beaufort volunteer: flexed their muscles on Monday when they picked up over 6,000 pounds of food to distribute to local agencies.
Joining them was Hilton Head Island volunteer, Rich Keefner who delivered part of his load to Bluffton Soup Kitchen. All this activity took place at Dempsey Farms, where Dave Dempsey graciously offered his farm for a loading and sorting site. These non-perishable food items were made available through COVID-19 donations. These three are this week's SUPER HEROS.
Chefs at Coligny Plaza restaurants on Hilton Head are pulling out their best soup recipes to benefit Second Helpings food rescue. It’s all in preparation for the second annual SouperBowl of Caring event on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 12 noon to 4 pm at Coligny Plaza.
Oyster Stew from FISH Casual Coastal Seafood, Shrimp Andouille and Sausage Corn Chowder from Big Bamboo Café, and Skillets’ Pimento Cheese and Broccoli are among the delicious soups to be available for sampling that day. Coligny restaurants participating are Sandbar Beach Eats, Frosty Frog, Big Bamboo, Skillets, FISH Casual Coastal Seafood and Lucky Rooster Market Street. Amie Baima from Skillets said the participation by locals who attended last year was indicative of the tremendous support for Second Helpings in the community. She looks forward to an even bigger crowd on Feb. 1!
In addition to soup, there will be live music by Pretty Darn, a local guitar and percussion duo. Beverages will be available from Coligny restaurants.
Coligny owner JR Richardson said the merchants and restaurants are excited to offer the SouperBowl event for the second year. “This is a way for our community to come together to support those who need our help. It’s a great event that draws hundreds of Hilton Head Island locals supporting Second Helpings.”
Just like in 2019, Richardson said there will be volunteers on hand to talk about the need for food assistance in the Lowcountry and to recruit additional Second Helpings volunteers. Second Helpings is a volunteer-driven organization with more than 340 individuals picking up and delivering food to soup kitchens and food pantries in the three-county area.
Tickets to the event are $10 per person and can be purchased at the event or ahead of time through a Facebook link at https://www.facebook.com/events/2487407961586401.
The SouperBowl of Caring is a national event that is designed to “transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.” The first SouperBowl of Caring took place in Columbia, SC, in 1990. Since then, millions have been raised to support hunger relief charities around the country.
Second Helpings collects and distributes food valued at $5.5 million from 50 food donors and given to 57 agencies in Jasper, Beaufort, and Hampton counties. It is estimated that approximately 48,000 meals are provided weekly through Second Helpings’ food rescue.
Volunteers and donations are critical to Second Helpings operations since the organization is entirely supported by grants and donations. To find out how you can get involved, go to http://www.secondhelpingslc.org/help-the-hungry.
Please continue to check back for upcoming events.