How to Give Back During a Season of Giving

During this season of giving, get into the true holiday spirit and look for ways to give joy and hope to those who are less fortunate.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief
Lowcountry Orphan Relief provides support to children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected or are at-risk of abuse. The organization works directly with other nonprofits, schools, foster parents and government agencies to identify the individual needs of children. Lowcountry Orphan Relief believes that no child should be without the basic necessities in life, regardless of their circumstances.

Ways to Give
Stuff a stocking from the Lowcountry Orphan Relief stocking tree. Lowcountry Orphan Relief will provide donors with stockings with a child’s age and gender. The stocking comes with a wish list valued at about $75 and includes four items for LOR’s distribution center and a Walmart or Target gift card. Stockings can be picked up at LOR’s office at 1850 Truxtun Ave., North Charleston, and must be dropped off by Dec. 15. If you would like to support a child in need this holiday season, email to let her know how many stockings you’d like to sponsor.

Support Lowcountry Orphan Relief’s Foster the Future program. LOR offers a summer camp for children ages 12 to 18. Campers learn basic financial literacy, creative writing, animal conservation, job interview skills and social skills. To support the summer camp for at-risk teenagers, make a donation at


East Cooper Community Outreach
East Cooper Community Outreach helps individual and families with services including food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, medical and dental care, counseling, educational opportunities, job preparedness and holiday initiatives.

Ways to Give
Adopt a family and provide gifts to children in need. Visit to select a family and view the wish list, including clothing sizes. Purchase the items and drop off the unwrapped gifts from Dec. 7-Dec. 16 at  ECCO’s Santa Closet, 1129 Oakland Market Road, Mount Pleasant. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Monday -Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

When you purchase a Christmas tree from the BOGO Christmas Tree lot at 1735 North Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, you’re helping a family celebrate the holidays. The lot owners are partnering with ECCO and Operation Fir to deliver 100 trees and new decorating kits to qualifying families in the tri-county area. After 100 trees are donated, lot owners will donate family-sized holiday hams to families.


One80 Place
One80 Place works to end homelessness one person at a time and one family at a time. One80 Place provides shelter and medical and legal services to the homeless until they can find a place to live. The organization works with public partners and private landlords to find homes for the people it serves.

Ways to Give
One80 Place needs items for its move-in kits, which are provided to individuals and families once they find a home. Items in the move-in kits include:

Kitchen Kit
Basic set of pots and pans
Set of dishes and cups
Kitchen utensil set
Kitchen knife
Can opener
Measuring cup
Mixing bowl
Plastic storage containers
Dish cloths

Linen Kit
One twin and one queen sheet set
Four pillows
Four towels

Cleaning Kit
Broom, dust pan and mop
Laundry basket and detergent
Trash can
All-purpose cleaner
Cleaning cloths

Air Mattresses with built-in pumps

Call 843-737-8369 to arrange delivery of your items to One80 Place.