Julie Kopnicky of the United Way of Horry County has her fingers crossed this week in the hope that volunteers throughout the area will complete 1,000 goody bags for homebound seniors before Friday rolls around. As of Monday, Kopnicky had a count of 589 completed bags for the ninth annual "Make Someone's May Day" project.
Last year over 1,000 bags of personal items - puzzles, shampoo, soap, lotion and the like - were delivered to seniors who receive a nutritious hot meal five to seven days a week from Horry County Council on Aging and Mobile Meals, both United Way agencies or partners. The bags will be delivered April 30 and May 3, the Friday and Monday on either side of May Day.
The deadline is no later than April 28 for delivering completed bags to "May Day Central" at the Myrtle Beach mall office. So there is time this week to pick up a bag and return it filled with new, unused items. Kopnicky says folks are "more than welcome to fill your own basket or bag." Filling a few bags could be a meaningful family, neighborhood or group project. Recyclable shopping bags may be obtained at the United Way (behind Lowe's on U.S. 501, Conway), Easy Radio (near Freestyle Music Park), Myrtle Beach Mall office or these mall locations: Bass Pro Shops, J.C. Penney and Uptown - Home of Carolina Improv.