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.
Andrew quit his job to care for his terminally ill mother.
Taniqua’s life was recently turned upside down — her live-in boyfriend of the past three years was charged with sexually abusing her teenage daughter.
Two years ago, Miranda began losing her vision and had multiple surgeries to try to save it to no avail.
Like many, the 2015 floods severely impacted Joseph’s home.
Tonya has custody of her two grandchildren and struggles to pay the bills on a monthly basis.
Charlie, a high school student, lives with his father, who is a single parent to him and his little sister.
Dee is a disabled senior citizen raising her grandson, Andy, having recently become his primary legal guardian after her daughter was seriously injured in an automobile accident.
Bess is a single mother of three living on a fixed income. Monthly rent consumes most of Bess’ income, leaving her to borrow money from family members to pay the remainder of her bills.
Henry and his wife both are retired from the local school system. With the free time that retirement brings, they are both active at their church and involved in giving back to the community.
Seeking any help she could receive, Maria sought out Coastal Catholic Charities on behalf of her unborn baby.
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.
Manuel is a 43-year-old roofer who suffered a severe fracture in his right femur after falling from a two-story house two months ago.
Diabetes had taken away a grandmother's sight and two of her limbs, but she still wanted to buy Christmas presents for her six grandchildren.
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.
Mossie is a single mother raising her 15-year-old son Jamal. Mossie works full time as a security guard to provide for her family. They had been living in a cramped, one-room mobile home but have recently moved into a two-bedroom apartment. After paying deposits, rent and starting their util…
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 …
Donna and Natalie are senior citizen roommates with a long friendship between them. Although Donna is blind, she is Natalie’s full-time, unpaid caregiver because Natalie suffers from severe memory loss.
Emily is expecting her first child this holiday season. While she is incredibly joyful and eager to meet her child, she is facing a number of obstacles. Emily has a high-risk pregnancy, is unable to work, must take leave without pay while she is on bed rest and will only be able to take off …
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…
Sam is a grandfather of two little girls. Sam never expected that he would be caring for two children late in his life, and his budget cannot stretch to meet the needs for all three of them until the end of the month.
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…
Hailey and Tony have been married for over 30 years. In the past couple of years, they have both been diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes. Hailey is also a cancer survivor. Hailey and Tony are unable to work due to their health conditions.
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 …
Alisha and Rafael are a young couple with a 6-year-old daughter. Alisha has Type 1 diabetes and had been managing it well through practicing a healthy lifestyle and taking insulin.
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…
Josie is a 56-year-old female who has diabetes. She also suffers from high blood pressure and has had several minor strokes during the course of this past year. During a recent MRI, her doctor discovered that Josie has an aneurysm in her brain which would require surgery to be removed.
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.