It’s the season of giving thanks, and 140 people did just that in the “Thanks for Giving” essay contest sponsored recently by the Coastal Community Foundation and The Post and Courier.

The contest was part of Philanthropy Week in the Lowcountry, which was Nov. 12-18.

Entrants were asked to write essays on the question: During this season of thanks, who or what has shown great generosity for which you are grateful?

Judges selected first- and second-place winners, and the essay subjects won money for a favorite charity or house of worship. South Carolina Bank and Trust sponsored the awards. Four others were selected as honorable mentions.