HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – The food and beverage industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and statewide closings.
One group in the Lowcountry is doing its part to help not just employees but the restaurants they work for at the same time.
Help 4 Hope handed out 333 restaurant gift cards for a family of 4 to unemployed or needy people on Hilton Head Island Tuesday.
They can be used at one of 55 different restaurants in Bluffton and Hilton Head participating in the program.
When the cards are redeemed, restaurants will get paid for those meals by Help 4 Hope and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.
Help 4 Hope was only created in the last month.
Already the charity has given out hundreds of meals to needy families.
Tuesday’s gift card giveaway was supposed to start at noon. But the line started before 11am and the cards were all handed out before the event’s actual start time.
Hargray has teamed up with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry for three of these events, including Tuesday’s.
“I can see 12 weeks 14, 16 who knows?” says Billy Watterson, Founder of Help 4 Hope. “The tourists aren’t here and the restaurants aren’t making money. So we have to do whatever we can do to pump that capital back into those restaurants. feed people in need, feed our friends, feed people that are on the front line.”
Those front line workers are incredible grateful for the help.
“It’s been tough financially wondering if our unemployment will be enough to pay for everything,” says Brian Burrell, who was laid off from the Quarterdeck. “We have a four person family and its really… we need anything we can get to get through this.”
In the last month, Help4Hope has given away almost 2,000 meal vouchers. If you would like to donate to the Help4Hope fund or if you are a restaurant owner and would like to sign up, visit here.