Operation Holiday Heroes

If you're already having a hard time making ends meet, the holidays can be extremely stressful. There is a number of Beaufort County agencies working together to make sure everyone has a special holiday.

"My baby now, he's eight. He kept asking for a leap frog and last year he got a leap frog due to the Salvation Army," said Kasey Johnson.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with seven other Beaufort County agencies, helps thousands of people like Johnson's family each holiday season through a program called Operation Holiday Heroes.

"We always felt like this is a time of year when people shouldn't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from or whether or not their children are going to have a new toy for Christmas," said Capt. Hank Harwell of the Salvation Army.

The idea behind this partnership is that no one falls between the cracks. "We're able to meet the need without duplicating services, so more people are being helped," explained Capt. Harwell. "It's an advantage, because more people that need help are going to get help."

People like Ed Fuller and his grandson. "We're low income and on disability and it helps him," Fuller said. "It makes me feel great. He loves it. He gets things he doesn't expect to get."

The same is true for Anette Isma, who just had a baby girl. "It makes me feel good that the community is helping out."

Last year, Holiday Heroes helped nearly 7,000 people in the Beaufort County, and they're expecting more this year.

To benefit from this assistance in Beaufort County, you need to register:

Northern Beaufort County (Beaufort)
-- Salvation Army Office
Nov. 17 &18
-- 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

-- Bluffton Self Help, 843.757.8000

Hilton Head Island
-- Deep Well, 843.689.2849

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com