Background on our organization
Carolina Children’s Charity has been a community organization from the very beginning. The Charity was created by local volunteers committed to meeting the needs of local children with birth defects and/or childhood diseases.
We were founded in October 1987 by a group of experienced and dedicated local volunteers, many of whom are still very involved with the Charity today. With the dedication and commitment of the Tri-County Fire Chiefs Association, WCBD NBC 2, Lowcountry firefighters, and many other local groups, we are able to assist thousands of Lowcountry families when their child is diagnosed with a birth defect and/or childhood disease.
Carolina Children’s Charity has no state or national affiliation, and receives no government grants or reimbursement for services. The Charity relies solely
on the generosity of the community in its fundraising efforts. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by 2 employees, Carolina Children’s Charity is making a positive impact on the health needs of children.
Since the Charity’s founding in 1987, it has provided assistance to thousands of Lowcountry children with birth defects or other disabling diseases in services totaling more than $4.1 million. These range from asthma to cerebral palsy, from juvenile diabetes to cancer, and many more in between. All grant recipients must be age 18 and under and reside in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton or Dorchester county. In the past, Carolina Children’s Charity has provided assistance to cover the costs of special equipment, medications, medically necessary evaluation and testing, and much more to Lowcountry families.
Carolina Children’s Charity raises funds with three major special events – the Boot Drive, the Cornhole tournament / Band Blast and 5K Run / Family Fun Walk – and with the help of Lowcountry firefighters and many other groups, we are able to provide assistance to so many special children in our community.
Want to know more about Carolina Children’s Charity? Go to our Frequently Asked Questions!
Jane Locke, CCC Founding Member is named one of the five winners for the Good Neighbor Award!!
CCC will receive a total of $10,000.00 because of her win. This is spectacular news for Jane and CCC.
Below is the link for the video about Jane and I think it does a great job to highlight Jane and her great work with CCC.
Realtor from Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Wins National Volunteer Award for Helping Children with Birth Defects, Childhood Diseases
WASHINGTON (October 1, 2014) – Realtor® Jane B. Locke, a sales associate with Century 21 Properties Plus LLC, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., is one of five winners chosen by the National Association of RealtorsÒ for REALTORÒ Magazine’s 2014 Good Neighbor Awards. Locke was selected for her 27 years of leadership at Carolina Children’s Charity, an organization that funds supplies and equipment for children with birth defects or childhood diseases.
“The winners of this year’s Good Neighbor Awards are a perfect example of Realtors®’ dedication to building successful neighborhoods and serving those most in need,” said NAR President Steve Brown, broker/owner of Irongate, Inc. Realtors® in Dayton, Ohio. “As we celebrate the 15th year of the Good Neighbor Awards, I am proud to honor the impact that Jane’s passion and goodwill have had on the lives of children in her community.”
From preservation societies to educational foundations and healthcare organizations, Locke’s charitable résumé runs long. But her success with fundraising for large national charities left her frustrated and asking questions: Why did they need to throw swanky volunteer recognition parties? Why were the funds she raised locally distributed across the nation, rather than staying in the South Carolina low country?
Not hearing a satisfactory answer, Locke and a group of two dozen other like-minded individuals decided it was time to start their own charity. And that’s how Carolina Children’s Charity was born. Locke helped the charity obtain 501(c)3 status and has since held every possible position on the board, including serving 18 years as president.
Since 1987, CCC has distributed more than $3.7 million to offset healthcare costs for thousands of children. The organization collects money through two major events—a telethon and a 5K walk/run—and uses the money to fulfill grant requests from families in need. The organization pays vendors, medical providers and pharmacies directly, rather than sending reimbursement checks to families.
“It’s hard to say no when you know a child needs something. A lot of times what this child needs can be life or death,” says Locke.
Since she was six months old, Whitney Reafler’s daughter Dori, now age 6, has been receiving financial aid from CCC. She has a genetic disorder called CASK Gene Mutation, which is so rare that she is one of only about 35 known cases worldwide. The charity has been there to help pay for everything from prescription baby formula to a wheelchair and leg braces. “Jane is not afraid to push her sleeves up and move furniture, fold pamphlets or sweep the floor,” says Reafler. “But then she can put on a beautiful suit and represent the charity before some of the really influential people in our community. Not a lot of people can do that.”
To read Locke’s full story and watch her video, go to realtor.org/gna. Locke and the other four Good Neighbor Award winners will each receive a $10,000 grant for their charity and will be profiled in the November/December issue of REALTOR Magazine. The recipients will receive their awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions receive $2,500 for their charities.
In its 15th year, the Good Neighbor Awards has been awarded annually since 2000 and is presented by NAR’s REALTOR® Magazine. This year marks a special milestone: As a result of the Good Neighbor Awards and its related programs, Realtor®-led charities have been awarded more than $1 million in grant money.
REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and realtor.com®. Nominees were judged on their personal contribution of time as well as financial and material contributions to benefit their cause. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. More information about the Good Neighbor Awards finalists is available at realtor.org/gna.