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  November 16th, 2023 | Written by

South Carolina Ports and Maritime Allies Launch Holiday Toy Drive for Foster Children

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In a heartwarming collaboration, SC Ports has joined forces with the International Longshoreman’s Association, Coalition 18, and the Maritime Association of South Carolina to spread joy to South Carolina foster children this holiday season. The maritime community is rallying partners, businesses, and local residents to contribute to the Maritime Toy Drive, aiming to fill an Evergreen shipping container with toys by December 15. All donations will be distributed to foster children in South Carolina by the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Barbara Melvin, President, and CEO of SC Ports, expressed the organization’s year-round commitment to connecting with local communities and emphasized the significant impact of giving back during the holidays. She expressed gratitude for the collaboration with maritime partners and urged people and businesses to participate in supporting this meaningful cause.

Juan Gordon, President of trucking organization Coalition 18, shared the success of last year’s efforts, with nearly 2,000 toys donated to fill the shipping container. He encouraged the community to surpass last year’s achievements, emphasizing that every contribution, no matter how small, makes a difference.

Yvette Flowers, the Financial Secretary Treasurer of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422, echoed the sentiment of giving back to the community. She highlighted the ILA’s commitment to service and encouraged others in the Lowcountry to join them in supporting South Carolina children during the holiday season.

Taylor Jackson, President, and CEO of the Maritime Association of South Carolina, emphasized the integral role of partnership and community service within the maritime community. Jackson expressed pride in supporting such a wonderful cause and urged the broader community to come together to make a positive impact on the lives of South Carolina children during the season of giving.

To contribute to the Maritime Toy Drive, individuals can bring unwrapped toys to SC Ports headquarters or purchase toys online through wish lists at Walmart, Target, or Amazon. The wish lists make it convenient for donors to select and ship gifts directly to the designated address, ensuring a seamless and efficient donation process.