Each December since 1927, The Post and Courier's Good Cheer Fund has raised money to help the less fortunate in the community. That first year, $1,797 was contributed to help families in crisis, shelter the homeless and feed the hungry during the holidays.
Angela and her son had to move into an emergency shelter because her job was downsized and she could not pay her rent.
In what 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 contribution total to $755,896.77 s…
Andrew is a hard-working single father to a 6-year-old son. Recently his hours were cut, and now he’s frantically trying to make ends meet.
Francis is a retired widow who is raising her 10-year-old granddaughter Jasmine.
Amelia is a single mom with two children under 10 years of age. Earlier this year, Amelia was displaced due to a house fire and has been doing her best to provide for her children in the aftermath.
Lauren is a single mother to two children. Until recently, she had a full-time job.
Cody, an elementary school student, was living with his grandmother until she unexpectedly passed away recently.
Paul finds himself in a difficult situation this holiday season. He lives on a limited disability income and is struggling to make ends meet, but he is determined to give his son a happy Christmas.
Angel, 23, is the mother of two young children ages 1 and 3. The children’s father was recently jailed for possession of illegal drugs and will not be able to help support Angel and the children for at least a year.
Nicholas is a 31-year-old man with autism who lives with his mother Donna. Donna is a single mother on a fixed income who has struggled to keep up with bills and necessities due to unforeseen medical expenses for Nicholas.
Barbara is a single mother of four children. Barbara has been out of the workforce for several years raising her kids but recently began a new job.
Sarah currently finds herself in a situation of being homeless with no income.
After working full time for over 30 years, Ruth and her husband both retired, setting their sights on being more active members of their church with their new free time. Unexpectedly, they recently became the guardians of their four grandchildren.
Josephine is a disabled grandmother who is the caregiver for her daughter and her daughter’s 1-year-old, along with her elementary school-age grandchildren.
William, who is totally blind, makes his way to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston office each week to learn independent living skills.
Jim and Sally, two once-healthy senior citizen, have recently found themselves facing some major medical issues.
Bobby is a 47-year-old man who works for a temporary employment agency as a mason’s tender.
At age 84, Arthur never thought that he would have to choose between paying for electricity or paying for food. He lives alone and struggles to make ends meet because of his fixed income, like too many seniors in our community.
Robert is 90 years old and totally blind. He is a client at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston and is working hard to learn adaptive skills so he can function without having to rely on a sighted person.
Steve and Stacy have been married for over 30 years, raised two children and are now expecting their first grandchild. However, Steve was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and had to quit his job of 15 years to begin aggressive chemo and radiation treatment.
Jody is a single mom to a young boy. She lost her job a few months ago and has been trying to make ends meet while searching for a new position.
All of Olivia’s adult life she has worked two jobs. Last year, at age 62, she was able to retire from one of them. Soon after, she discovered she had pancreatic cancer.
Darlene is a 56-year-old woman who has diabetes. She also suffers from high blood pressure and has had several minor strokes this year.
Loretta and Arthur are an elderly disabled couple.
Arthur, an older man who recently lost his vision, is struggling to adjust to his new life.
Carol is a hardworking, 66-year-old grandmother who was granted full custody of her two young grandchildren three years ago.
Jacqueline, a single mother of four, has stage 4 cancer.
Caroline left a comfortable home and dependable job in Chicago to move back home to help care for her dying father.
Matthew and his wife, Caroline, find themselves in a situation that they never thought they would be in: skipping meals so their two young daughters can eat. Matthew and his wife work full time, but the lost wages and unexpected expenses during the evacuation for Hurricane Florence has put t…
Jim, a client of the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston, wants nothing more this holiday season than to help his best friend Arlo.
Last year, newspaper readers donated $392,841.38 to the campaign.
2017 Good Cheer campaign raises $392,841.38 for those in need.
Sarah and her two boys recently left an abusive household and moved into a local domestic violence shelter.
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.
William is a blind client at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston who is struggling to pay for transportation costs. William lives on the outskirts of Berkeley County and must rely on two bus services to get to the ABVI office so that he can participate in Employe…
Ruth is living on a fixed income.
Patricia is a single mom trying to raise seven children on her own. She just had a baby in September and is unemployed.
Taylor has had a rough year. Her grandmother passed away, her mother died of cancer, and her boyfriend and brother were killed in separate automobile accidents.
Sarah currently finds herself in a situation that she never thought she would be in: skipping meals so her young sons can eat.
Albert is an elderly veteran who came to Coastal Catholic Charities through a referral from One 80 Place for dental care.
Beatrice lives with her elderly parents in a small, two-bedroom house near The Citadel. Both of her parents have diabetes and suffer from numerous other medical issues.
Anne is a widow and has recently taken in her disabled grandson.
Ruby is blind and largely housebound due to limited resources.
Gary is a 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran. He served his country for four years as an infantryman in the Marines and received a Purple Heart for injuries he suffered on the battlefield.
Tom is a veteran of two wars. He lives alone and struggles to make ends meet because of his fixed income.
Martha initially went to Coastal Catholic Charities for assistance in getting a set of dentures.
Kim is a single mother raising two young daughters. She recently moved her children out of their previous home to escape the father’s abusive behavior.
Joe has been a longtime client of The Salvation Army. He often comes in when he needs food, clothing, toiletries or just a good chat when he is feeling a little down.