Make a Child Happy Day benefiting Foster Care Children
Charleston, SC (Press Release) – Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and life skills classes to meet the needs of at-risk, abandoned, abused, or neglected children in the Lowcountry – will host their 13th annual Make a Child Happy Day at the old Navy Yard in North Charleston on Saturday, November 11th. The local non-profit annually hosts two children’s events every year to provide a safe, fun, and supportive place for children in foster care to connect and celebrate life together.
“Every year, this event melts our hearts and encourages the children who attend. We always leaving knowing we’ve made a real difference in a child’s life,” said long-time volunteer, Mary Courtney Brooks as she prepped volunteers for a day of giving back.
Lowcountry Orphan Relief partners with local group foster homes including Carolina Youth Development Center, Jenkins Institute, Callen-Lacey, and South Carolina Youth Advocate Program every year to provide a day of fun for the children living in each group foster home. The day’s festivities included horseback riding, bounce houses, live DJ, hayride, amusement park rides, face painting, and more.
“It’s always amazes me to see these kids having the time of their lives at this event year after year. They are so grateful, despite what they have been through,” said volunteer, Will Kirksey last year.
Make a Child Happy Day was created to bring the abused, neglected and abandoned children from foster and group homes together with adult volunteers to give the children an opportunity to experience a carefree day of fun. Many of the children who attended the event have never experienced a carnival or festival.
“You mean, we get to play all of these games and ride horses, all for free?” exclaimed Josephine, who is currently in foster care.
“Last year, the kids were so excited to win games, collect prizes, dance, and try new activities. You could see it on their faces. They were glowing,” says Marissa Nash, Director of Development for Lowcountry Orphan Relief.
At the end of the day, children and volunteers alike returned home feeling uplifted, empowered, and most importantly, happy.
Since 2006, Lowcountry Orphan Relief has clothed over 22,000 children in the Tri-County area. LOR uses more than 76% of all monetary contributions to provide for the children’s needs. Presently, community volunteers at their Distribution Center in North Charleston are collecting and shelving donations in addition to filling orders for each child from area shelters, foster care, and those removed from the custody of their parents. The organization’s promise is that children receive clothing, toiletries, books and school supplies within 48 hours of being safely removed from their homes.
To learn more about Lowcountry Orphan Relief’s 3rd Annual Gala, buy tickets, opportunities to get involved, and ways to donate, visit www.lowcountryorphanrelief.org.