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Charity Spotlight: Hilton Head Heroes

With the help of Hilton Head Heroes, families are given a rare opportunity for a vacation from the hospital.

MISSION: “To bring families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island for resort vacations. HERO families stay in the HERO House, located at Sea Pines Resort.”

HISTORY: Hilton Head Heroes was started in 2000 by Hilton Head Island’s Gregg and Lindy Russell. Gregg is a popular musician and has history of performing free concerts at hospitals for children. After many children expressed a desire to see Hilton Head Island, the idea of Hilton Head Heroes was born. In 2000, 12 families were part of the program, which relied on donated homes, villas and timeshares at the time. In 2006, the charity purchased the Hero House for incoming families to use.

WHO IT HELPS: Hilton Head Heroes brings 50 families a year to the HERO house. Families are referred from a network of doctors, chaplains and social workers across the United States. All children in the program are battling a life-threatening illness. This program is designed to give them a week with their family away from the hospital. For many families, it is a rare vacation. In addition to lodging, families are provided cash and gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores.

HOW TO HELP: Volunteer to be a host family. Volunteers meet each HERO family, get them set up for the week and are the point of contact for their stay. Monetary donations are also needed to help cover expenses. You can help by purchasing a $100 ticket to the Gourmet Gala and Elegant Evening on Nov. 3 at the TidePointe Clubhouse.

For more information on Hilton Head Heroes, call Lindy Russell at 843-422-6343 or visit hhheroes.com.