It is wonderful to be able to donate items that people need and can use, especially things that have barely been used. Kiawah Cares is a wonderful organization!

– KICA Member

Kiawah Cares has been an amazing source of support as a partner of St. John’s High School this year. Unfortunately, St. John’s students are often forgotten but Kiawah Cares has helped us start to change that climate. Students are finally getting the recognition they deserve and are truly excited to walk into our building everyday.

Every opportunity provided to our students by Kiawah Cares has directly benefited them in so many ways and I could not be more proud to have Kiawah Cares as a sponsor of St. John’s.

-Barbara Harpe, Athletic Director and Mathematics Teacher at St. John’s High School

Read her full testimonial here.

On behalf of E. L. Frierson Elementary School’s fifth-graders and Ms. Fields, we would like to thank Kiawah Cares for the kind donation to our Washington, D.C. trip. We truly appreciate your support and your very generous donation. Your contribution will dramatically help us develop and succeed as future leaders in our community.

Without your involvement and generosity, we would not be able to aim high and reach our potential. Thank you again for your generous support.

-Ms. Avis Fields, E.L. Frierson Elementary

“Hi Friends at Kiawah Cares – you really live up to your name, in heart and deed. You care about who you give to, and what they (we) do. You give generously and are immediately responsive to communication – always willing to support. There are MANY MANY babies, toddlers and families on Johns Island whose lives have been enriched through BWB books that you sponsored. Thank you THANK YOU!     

Priscilla Quirk, Begin With Books

IMG_3302“Just wanted to say thanks again for all you provided for our students to attend camp! They had such a great time and learned so much!”

Lauren Boyd, Angel Oak Elementary School

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Thank you. Every child in every home on Johns and Wadmalaw islands has the opportunity to grow up with books, thanks to you.

Every child has the opportunity to learn about something new, to learn about another language, to laugh over a rhyme, to memorize a story, to love an animal character. Every child will take a stronger step into the future because of the residents of Kiawah who care so much.

For every book for every child, thank you,

Patty Bennett-Uffelman, Begin With Books

“We feel profoundly pleased, lucky and proud that we have been able to put ourselves in a position that we can choose to own a house in such a beautiful place as Kiawah Island.

We did not start our lives in such a position and we are incredibly grateful to those that gave us opportunities to work hard and be successful. It is evident as you drive to the island that there are many people who have not enjoyed the same opportunity, and our financial support of KCF is an easy way to give back and help others.

What is more impressive is the dedication of those that support the various aspects of KCF by giving their time to directly contribute. Jane has thoroughly enjoyed joining the Made With Love team. I know first-hand how fulfilling those involved find the program and the opportunity to make new friends on the island.”

Steve and Jane Payne


CHIP # 5 LL Exterior“I have had the privilege of participating in two wonderful community support programs that receive support from Kiawah Cares. This support is both generous and essential to the operation of these programs.

I have been a Reading Partner at Angle Oak Elementary School for three years and have seen first-hand how this program not only helps students to radically improve their reading skills but also exposes them to the joy of reading. Although there are many hard working folks that participate in this program, I know that Kiawah Cares has supported Reading Partners through financial aid and the recruitment of numerous Kiawah Island volunteers.

I also participate in a special ministry at the Johns Island Presbyterian Church (nicknamed CHIP, which stands for Community Home Improvement Project).  The mission for this project is to provide safe and secure housing for our island neighbors who have homes that need repairs. Many of these homes were damaged in the recent 1000-year flood and last year’s hurricane.

Over the past two years, Kiawah Cares has provided financial support, as well as donated building materials, appliances and furniture to CHIP. These items were used to improve the living conditions of over 30 island families.

Neither of these programs would be as effective as they are without the gracious support of Kiawah Cares and the generous contributions from Kiawah Island residents.”

Tom Stallings, Reading Partner and CHIP Ministry Volunteer


“Thank you so much for the Christmas gifts, and coats, you gave to our students. We want to acknowledge the support we continue to receive from you and the Kiawah Island Community Association. Your dedication to our school community is always appreciated.”

Michael Griggs, principal of Angel Oak Elementary


“Thank you for including my family in the Kiawah Giving Tree. My children had a fabulous Christmas!!! The kids loved their presents sooooo much. Kiawah was amazingly generous. These folks went above and beyond. I wish they could have seen the smiles on my girls’ faces. It touched my heart more than they’ll ever know. These gifts moved me to tears and Christmas morning was a celebration! My husband and I are so grateful. We appreciate you and everyone who opened their hearts and wallets. Thankful thankful thankful.

Happy New Year! May you be blessed the way you blessed us.”

2015 Giving Tree Parent


“Once again our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for the generosity that our special friends of Kiawah Island have shown with your donations to the holiday fund for Mt. Zion Elementary School.

Your giving spirit made it possible to provide toys, books, clothes and even food vouchers to help with holiday meals for more than 39 families. Because of you, the more than 90 children in these families were able to experience the happiness and excitement that comes with opening presents and finding something special inside just for them.

We want you to know how very much we appreciate all that the Kiawah Island community does to support this project…it couldn’t happen without you. A huge thank you also to the volunteers who gave of their time to assist with all of the shopping.”

The Mt. Zion Holiday Fund Committee

“Kiawah Cares Community Outreach has gone above and beyond to assist our Meals on Wheels of Charleston program, a part of Charleston Area Senior Citizens.  From financial donations to help feed frail, homebound seniors on Johns Island and Wadmalaw, to canned food drives for our Emergency Food Pantry, KICA has proven they are truly there to establish community partnerships and fulfill their mission of improving the overall quality of life on the Sea Islands.  Our partnership is truly life-saving!”

Tracey Erwin
Development Director
Charleston Area Senior Citizens
Meals on Wheels of Charleston – Sea Island Area

“On behalf of the students, parents, faculty, and staff of Frierson Elementary, I cannot thank Kiawah Cares enough for your partnership this school year. Your love for our children and their families is truly evident with every donation, program, and service they provide. It is my job to fill the holes in these students’ lives, wherever they may be, and I cannot remember how the job was done before Kiawah Cares took us under your wing. One example of your incredible impact shines through the ‘Adopt-An-Elf’ program, which funds new uniforms and school supplies for our neediest children. The first distribution was more emotional than I could have ever imagined. Parents cried. First-graders were elated for new socks. Kids walked confidently down the hallway. They will all be warm this winter. For this, and for so many other wonderful things, I am overwhelmingly grateful.”

Corinne Crawford
Student Support Specialist, Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area

“My kids were really moved by the letters to Santa from the Angel Oak and Frierson school children, especially the one from the little girl who asked for “love.” My kids can’t imagine needing to ask for a pillow or blanket for Christmas, either, so this was really eye-opening for them, more so than dropping off random toys at collection sites. One of my kids offered to clean out his savings account to make sure the boy had a great Christmas. Thank you for helping us make a difference.”

Anne Nickerson
Kiawah Giving Tree Sponsor and KICA member

“Working with people who are so passionate about the welfare of their community is truly a blessing. Sharing this experience gave me, a newcomer to the area, the opportunity to feel, touch, hear and see first-hand the joy we can all receive if we come together for the good of our neighbors.”

Debra Razzouk
Kiawah Cares Program Participant and KICA Member

“Thank you Kiawah Cares for sponsoring a Yo Art class for Angel Oak Elementary School yoart webstudents. Students used their iPads to integrate text and photos in their digital “Ecosystem” presentations.”

Yo Art

Kiawah Cares thanks the Night Heron Park Naturalists for supporting the Angel Oak children through this program.

“They brought volunteers, but most of all, they brought love.”

Pastor Mary Stoney
LRP Ministries

“I am completely amazed everyday by the work that Kiawah Cares is doing for Angel Oak Elementary School. Thank you is just never said enough.”

Whitney Morrow
Communities in Schools Social Worker for Angel Oak Elementary

A single mother of two Angel Oak students has battled cancer, in and out of remission, for several years. Her children had become used to not having a tree, and not much of a holiday in general, because of her illness. That changed this year under sponsorship from the Kiawah Giving Tree. Even mom was included with a few gifts to enjoy.

“I would like to thank you for all that was for my kids and me. I did my best to capture their expressions with the camera you gave me. The children loved their gifts. Thanks to you and everyone involved in making it such a special day for us.”

“Kiawah Cares has become a wonderful ministry partner for Stono Blessing Basket. They have helped us with volunteers, financial donations, food drives and more.”

Stono Blessing Basket

“It’s like we’re in tune – working together, one common goal – and it’s all beginning to come together.”

Bertha Smalls-Middleton
Director, Wadmalaw Island Community and Senior Center

“I would like to thank you and Kiawah Cares for your assistance in getting Cathedral High School’s Mission group to Frierson Elementary School of Technology. They were able to assist us with assembling the Green House that your organization donated along with many other projects. Without your support and dedication to our school this would not have been possible.”

Read Principal Davis’ full letter here.

Mrs. Kimberly Davis, Principal
Frierson Elementary School of Technology