Lowcountry Walgreen's stores spread holiday cheer

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - They may not look like Santa Claus, but store managers from the Walgreen's stores in Beaufort and Lady's Island sure did have quite a bundle to toys to deliver.

Just in time for Christmas, they unloaded bag after bag of toys for special needs children at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital's HealthLink for Children.

"We've been overwhelmed with support," said Toby Mankowski, Walgreen's store manager on Lady's Island. "We were able to raise quite a few toys between our great customers and employees."

HealthLink serves more than 200 children with special needs in our community and many of these families struggle with medical costs.

"A lot of them are very needy families that don't have a lot at Christmas time so it's been really great to have Walgreens donate these to us to give out to children," said Megan Mack with HealthLink.

As they sorted through the bags of goodies, the therapists picked out toys for each of the children.

Cynthia Jenkins really appreciates the generosity and what it will mean for her children.

"We're not really able to buy too much for the holidays," said Jenkins. "It really helps because the baby is real sick so every bit helps."

Jenkins has five children and two of them are helped at HealthLink.

"The 9 year old has spina bifida and the baby has CHARGE Syndrome," said Jenkins.

The special delivery also means a lot to Tamika McAfee and her 2-year-old Brendan.

"He likes the balls, he can't wait to get it home," said McAfee. "Say I'm going to have balls all over everywhere."

"It's tremendous to see them smiling and excited," said Mankowski. "The fact we're helping children have a good Christmas is great."

Walgreen's collected toys at both stores all during the month of December.

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