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Bluffton Non-Profits Benefit From Fundraiser

February 9, 2013 -

From paintings to quilting, lowcountry artists sold their work to raise money for three local non-profits, Habitat for Humanity, Backpack Buddies and Family Promise.

"All three of these non-profits depend on financial backing to continue our mission in the community. For Family Promise, we help homeless families, and the requires money to hire staff to do that, and to reach out to people in the community here we live," said board member, Carolyn Cherwon.

One woman donated 48 hand-made quilts, that were sure to rake in the dough.....which is a big deal for these local charities.

"Oh its huge, because all of our funding comes from the community, we're a grassroots organization, so through donations, grants, and fund raisers like this are a blessing. Right now we feed almost three hundred kids in two programs, and that costs us a lot of money and we raise every single cent of it," said Sue Kroupa of Backpack Buddies.

The organizations say fund raisers like this are critically important in helping them grow in the community, through reaching out to those in need as well as spreading the word about work they are doing.

"It helps us with dollars which is critically important, but probably even more important is that it helps us with awareness about the need for decent affordable housing, the number of people living in substandard housing, and of course our mission is to eliminate sub-standard housing in the lowcountry and this goes a long way in doing that.," said Pat Wirth of Habitat for Humanity.

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