Operation Santa Claus Helps Children in Need

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Colleton River Plantation Club Members Give Back to the Community.

Operation Santa Claus at Colleton River Plantation Club

Operation Santa Claus at Colleton River Plantation Club

"I think it's a good way for all of us to kick off the holiday and give back to the community we live in," said Marsha Murphy, organizer.

Colleton River Plantation Club, a three-time Platinum Club of America award winner, completed its most successful Operation Santa Claus yet. This year’s donations to Operation Santa Claus topped $34,000; allowing for the purchase, wrapping and delivery of more than 1,500 gifts to 284 children and mentally compromised adults. “I think it's a good way for all of us to kick off the holiday and give back to the community we live in,” said Marsha Murphy, organizer.

The non-profit 501(c)(3) program, now in its 13th year, was established through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to celebrate the season of giving and give members of Colleton, an active community long known for its philanthropic spirit and passion for giving back, an opportunity to help area neighbors in need. “We are very, very proud of what the membership has done,” said Doris Beedie, organizer. “It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Volunteers worked diligently collecting monetary donations for toys, books, school supplies, basic necessities and a variety of items local charities have on their wish lists. According to the 2012 Operation Santa Claus Committee, comprised of Colleton members Doris Beedie, Carol Lyons, Marsha Murphy and Nancy Taylor, more than 1,400 volunteer hours went into shopping, wrapping, delivering, and organizing efforts.

Lakeisha Bennett, a graduate of Family Promise and Operation Santa Claus beneficiary, was on hand during Wrapping Day to share her story. She stated that Operation Santa Claus meant “having a tradition that would not be broken. Just because you are a homeless family, doesn’t mean you have to be without.”

About Colleton River Plantation Club

Colleton River Plantation Club is located 1.5 miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This member-owned private golf community features 705 properties situated upon 1,500 acres of unspoiled land, surrounded by 7 miles of scenic shoreline. The award-winning signature 18-hole golf courses by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye each have their own unique and distinguished clubhouses comprising 30,000 square feet and 20,000 square feet, respectively. Additional community amenities include: an Augusta-style par 3 course; the Stan Smith Tennis and Swim Center with 5 Har-Tru courts and a Jr. Olympic Pool; a 6,000-square-foot fitness center; and a community dock with deep water access.

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