Editorial | Seniors May Day Program Lagging

April 18, 2013 

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    How to help

    Pick up May Day bags and return filled by April 26 to Chamber of Commerce offices, the Myrtle Beach Mall office or the United Way office at 761 Century Circle, Conway, off U.S. 501 near the Conway hospital.

    Mail checks to: United Way of Horry County

    P.O. Box 673

    Conway SC 29528

    Phone | 843-347-5195

    Online | uwofhc@sccoast.net

Hundreds of shut-in seniors, some without family or caregivers, look forward to a May Day gift bag of personal items delivered by a smiling volunteer from the Horry County Council on Aging or Mobile Meals of the Grand Strand.

This is the 12th Annual May Day for Seniors, aka ``Make Someone’s May Day,’’ and Jill R. Watts of the United Way of Horry County is appealing for help. ``We’re woefully behind’’ where she hoped to be in filling 700 bags. With under two weeks before the April 26 target date, only about 200 bags have been completed. ``We encourage folks to contribute,’’ either by filling bags or making contributions. Empty bags may be picked up at five Chamber of Commerce offices (Conway, Little River, Loris, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach) the Myrtle Beach Mall office or the United Way office. The bags are filled with 10 items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap/body wash, deodorant, shampoo, tissue, lotion/powder, stationary & pens, First Aid kit or aspirin and a special gift such as socks, crossword puzzles or night light.

Any sort of bag may be filled and taken to the locations or many folks who like to help simply send a monetary contribution. Filling a few bags is a great project for a civic group or service club, perhaps a church class. Whether it’s filling some bags or sending a check, the May Day for Seniors is a wonderful program that brings joy to many Horry County seniors.

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