Seabrook Island group targets hungry kids at Johns Island school

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A new nonprofit group is partnering with a jewelry designer to raise money for feeding hungry students on Johns Island.

Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island is holding a fundraiser Friday through Monday at The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island where custom jewelry designer Judith Paxaio has agreed to donate a portion of every sale to the group.

Joanne Threlfall, chairwoman of Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island, said her organization is sponsoring Mount Zion Elementary on Johns Island to provide backpacks filled with nonperishable food for children who might not have access to enough food over the weekend. The nonprofit Communities In Schools, which supports students who are struggling academically, has identified 50 children at the 220-student school who could benefit from having access to additional food over the weekend.

Threlfall said it will cost $4.50 to fill each child's backpack for the weekend. To provide backpacks for 50 children will cost $900 a month. The group hopes to raise enough funds to start serving students when school starts next month.

The Resort Shop will host Paxaio from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For information on Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island email or call 203-417-8518.