For many , KC ’ s work on the Sea Islands drives home how great some needs are , and how alone our neighbors can feel . This need became apparent to KICA member Donna Porritt , a long-time KC ambassador , and after several brainstorming sessions , Kiawah Cares : Made With Love was born .
This program provides comforting items such as fleece blankets , each hand-made by a Kiawah property owner and personalized by the Made With Love team , to Sea Island seniors , rehab patients and school children . The program doesn ’ t stop with blankets though ; they are constantly expanding with new ideas such as knitting , crocheting , scrapbooking , card repurposing ( creating new greeting cards from old ones ), and more . They even create comfort packs filled with travel-sized items such as soap , shampoo , toothpaste , and more .
Look for Fleece Fridays on the KICA / KC calendars for your chance to gather with your neighbors to give back . For more information on this program , or to get involved , contact kiawahcares @ kica . us or visit kiawahcares . org .
New Experiences for Sea Island Children
Thanks to KC partners , donors and volunteers , several Sea Island children got to broaden their horizons through two fun , educational events in 2016 .
In May , KC celebrated its annual A Shore Thing : Youth Beach Day . Fourth grade students from Angel Oak Elementary were rewarded for their hard work all year in the Reading Partners program with a day of fun learning on Kiawah . Students started off their day with a visit to Night Heron Park where KICA biologists introduced them to some native Kiawah wildlife . Afterwards , everyone headed down to the beach to enjoy the surf and sand . Students collected shells , built sandcastles and played in the waves . They were even able to pay a visit to a nearby turtle nest . While a day at the beach is common for most of us , many of these children have never seen the ocean . This annual event is always a rewarding experience for both the students and volunteers involved .
During the summer , KC sponsored the attendance of 10 Sea Island children to the Legare Farms summer camp . The kids had a great time and met many different animals , including donkeys , horses , cows and newborn piglets . Many of these kids would not have been able to attend the camp without the help of KC and its partners .
Going into 2017 , literacy will remain a focal point for KCF . We hope to see you at our Feb . 13 fundraiser for Communities In Schools , Book of Love : Chapter 1 ( visit cischarleston . org for more details or to purchase tickets ), supporting music programs for children , and the Kiawah Cup Island Beach Race on March 25 ( for more information , or to purchase tickets , visit kiawahcup . org ).
Ultimately , all of our accomplishments in 2016 and the great things we have planned for 2017 wouldn ’ t be possible without the generosity of our Kiawah property owners . You are too numerous to list here ( for a full list visit kiawahcares . org ), but ...
- THANK YOU for your contributions this year ! -
View a list of programs and partners at kiawahcares . org or connect with us on Facebook .