As has become a tradition with the Good Cheer Fund, each Christmas Eve we are privileged to announce a contribution from Blackbaud and its employees. This year we are pleased to accept a check in the amount of $34,500, bringing the company's generous contributions to $721,396.77 since 1991.

Jessica, who frequently cares for her grandchildren, is now living on her own after leaving her abusive husband of over 20 years. With only the income from her low-wage job, she now finds it hard to meet her basic needs.

Elle is a blind client at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston who is working hard to learn independent living skills through the Own Your Life program.

Each December since 1927, The Post and Courier’s Good Cheer Fund has raised money to help the less fortunate in our community. That first year, $1,797 was contributed to help families in crisis, shelter the homeless and feed the hungry in our midst during the holidays.

As has become a tradition with the Good Cheer Fund, each Christmas Eve we are privileged to announce a contribution from Blackbaud and its employees. This year we are pleased to accept a check in the amount of $36,850, bringing the company's generous contributions to $686,896.77 since 1991.

Ms. Smith is a 55-year-old cancer survivor who has sought help with her rent and utility bills from Coastal Catholic Charities. Ms. Smith relocated to Charleston for a job but soon after was diagnosed with cancer and the job fell through. After months of recovery, Ms. Smith is now searching …

Sam is a new client at the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston who recently went blind. He is middle-aged, married and has five kids. Now that he has started to adjust to his vision loss, he wants to get back to work, but finding a job as a blind person is challenging.

Rachel is a 30-year-old mother of two who had to have all of her teeth extracted due to complications with diabetes. Because of her medical issues, Rachel was let go from her job. This has left her family completely dependent on the income of her husband. Their combined income was only enoug…

Shameka is a blind, single mother of two small children and a dedicated client of the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston. Shameka and her family live on a fixed income, and this time of year is especially stressful for her. She struggles to keep her bills paid and…

Grace is 78 years old and legally blind. She lives alone in a rural area and receives minimal Social Security benefits. No one from Grace’s family lives in town, so she is dependent on others to help her with basic needs and services. She receives a little help with necessities from a local …

Jim is a 41-year-old husband and father of three who has fallen on hard times. Jim’s wife, Katie, recently underwent surgery for complications from her diabetes and is now left unable to work. Jim has had to take unpaid time off of work to help Katie recover. With the bills piling up, Jim an…

Joanne is a 41-year-old widow with two children, ages 16 and 4. The family recently suffered the loss of their husband and father in June. Since his passing, the family has experienced some financial hardships. Joanne has been actively seeking employment, but she has not been able to find a job.

Evelyn is a college student who is totally blind. She is also a client of the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston, and in addition to her college classes Evelyn attends classes at their office in the Own Your Life program to learn the adaptive skills she needs to b…

Sam and Tonya are a family of three, with one son living at home. Sam has many medical issues and is unable to work. Tonya is his caretaker, so she is only able to work a part-time job to help cover the monthly expenses. Recently, they found out that Sam has kidney failure and is requiring d…

Debbie is a 66-year-old with significant health issues. She is struggling on a very limited income to raise her family of seven, which includes grandchildren.


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