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Mollie Gabriel is the Charleston Editor for Miss A. She has always admired people who can focus on one thing. Raised in San Diego, she eagerly left for the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, on a whim transferred to Smith College in Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in Cultural Anthropology--but not before being introduced to Geography, which led to a certificate of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Denver. In June she quit her job as a GIS Analyst in San Diego for her Navy Submariner's military orders to Charleston, and left for a road trip across America to see as many national parks, monuments and baseball games they could reach. Starting a blog about their adventures, she remembered how much she loved writing, and how much she missed exploring, interviewing and story telling. A big proponent of healthy and active lifestyles, Mollie can be found pounding pavement miles away from home training for a marathon, building mind and body strength in the yoga studio, or blending the produce section in her Vitamix. She instantly loved the class and sass of Charleston southerners and is completely addicted to shrimp and grits.

Where To Give Back In Charleston This Holiday Season

Don’t let local people in need get lost in the season of giving . For struggling individuals or families, some of the greatest gifts are the time and support from the people of Charleston. And for some, this gift can bring hope that their children will have a present to open on Christmas morning, a warm meal, a winter coat or a place to sleep. Give more meaning to the season of giving–whether it’s buying an extra toy or volunteering your time at a soup kitchen–by checking out the following list of places that need gifts or volunteers for the holidays and throughout the year.

(Photo Credit: lowcountryfoodbank.com)

(Photo Credit: lowcountryfoodbank.org)

Lowcountry Food Bank
The Low Country Food Bank is in need of volunteers for their food kitchen and  also looking for help with food drives, fundraisers, youth learning-service projects and workshops on nutrition. Individuals and groups are welcome and volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation. Visit their website for an application.

Next orientation date:
WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Lowcountry Food Bank 
2864 Azalea Dr.
Charleston, SC 29405
Ph. 843-747-8146


(Photo Credit: eccocharleston.org)






East Cooper Community Outreach Holiday Gift Drive 
Founded in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the East Cooper Community Outreach program has grown into a beacon of hope for residents in need. If time is hard to come by this year, drop by the ECCO Holiday Gift Drive at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Management Office to help bring the joy of Christmas morning to local children in need. The drive is accepting unwrapped toys and cash donations. If you want to go a step further, the ECCO still has families available to “adopt” this holiday. Visit their website  for more information on the families and how to participate.

WHEN: Now – Friday, December 20, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
1600 Palmetto Grande Dr.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Ph. 843-216-9900


(Photo Credit: charlestonhomeless.org)

(Photo Credit: charlestonhomeless.org)

Crisis Ministries
While many of us are celebrating the season with friends and family under the twinkling lights of a tree, others are wondering where they will sleep and if they will get enough food to feed themselves or their family. The Crisis Ministries in Charleston has been providing shelter and meals to the homeless since the early 1980’s—none of which is possible without donations and volunteers. Visit their website for information on urgently needed supplies and how to sponsor a meal or donate items for hygiene kits, employment or housing.

Crisis Ministries
573 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Ph. 843-723-9477


(Photo Credit: palmettogoodwill.net)

A volunteer at the Palmetto Goodwill. (Photo Credit: palmettogoodwill.net)

Palmetto Goodwill
Giving back to the community by helping people meet their potential “through the dignity and power of work” has always been the mission of Goodwill, and the power of volunteers are critical in helping them achieve their goal. The Palmetto Goodwill is currently looking for volunteers to help as Clerical Assistants, Donor Processors, Retail Assistants and Special Events Assistants. And if it’s time to clean out the closet, clothing donations are always accepted at the iconic blue drop off stations. For a full list of where to bring gently used clothing, see their South Carolina donation location listings. For more information on volunteering, visit their website.

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Meals are prepared for people in need at Tri County Ministries. (Photo Credit: tricountyministries.org)

Meals are prepared for people in need at Tri County Ministries. (Photo Credit: tricountyministries.org)

Tri County Family Ministries
The faith-based non-profit is looking for new, unwrapped toys and new or used coats for their 2013 Christmas Celebration for people in need. The organization accepts year round donations of food and clothing and is also looking for volunteers to help collect donations and cook for the soup kitchen. Visit their website to see how you can help or email them at tricountyfamilyministries@comcast.net for more information on donating toys and coats to the 2013 Christmas Celebration.

Our Lady of Mercy Outreach
Our Lady of Mercy Outreach provides education, health and services to those in need in the James, John and Wadmalaw Island communities. Since 1989, the non-profit has been providing essential medical care, including pre-natal, emergency, and dental and offers life skill, educational and summer camp programs. Volunteers with a wide variety of valuable skills are needed, from doctors to receptionists. For more information or a volunteer application, visit their website.

Our Lady of Mercy Outreach
1684 Brownswood Road
P.O. Box 607
Johns Island, SC 29457
Ph. 843-559-4109



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