Temperatures are starting to drop, but not everyone in the Lowcountry has a warm place to go home to this holiday season. Thankfully, the City of Charleston Warming Center at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center(265 Fishburne St.) will operate on cold nights from November until March to support those who are experiencing homelessness.
When the weather in the city hits 30 degrees or major inclement weather takes place, the warming center will officially open. The center will provide shelter, cots, pillows, blankets + dinner and breakfast. The city is asking those who have the time and resources to lend a helping hand to help the warming center operate.
Arthur W. Christopher Community Center | Image via Google Maps
The shelter, which will be able to house up to 80 people within recommended CDC guidelines for congregate sheltering during COVID-19, is currently accepting volunteers + financial assistants. Those who serve as financial assistants are people in the community who would like to donate funds to help purchase materials + food for the center. To assist with operations, individuals, community clubs, religious groups, and other organizations are encouraged to sign up to be volunteers on call for a week during the winter season.
What do you need to know about being a volunteer? Volunteers will be divided into two to four hour shifts and will receive training to support the warming center by taking a role in set-up, registration, meal prep + distribution, and clean up.
City officials have confirmed that COVID-19 protocols such as temperature checks, symptom screenings, mandatory masks and isolation areas will be in place for the safety of the volunteers and guests.
Email Christopher Jardin here or call 843-577-1305 to sign up for more information. You can also visit the city’s website here to learn more about how you can help others this holiday season.
Cause ○ This Sat., Nov. 21, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center(109 Bee St.) plans to give out Thanksgiving meal kits to veterans between 1-4 p.m. The kits are prepackaged and available for pickup by registration only. 🦃 (Holy City Sinner) ○ Brookgreen Gardens(1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet) is asking the public to participate in a fundraiser for the Brookgreen Lowcountry Zoo’s new red wolf habitat. The red wolf is one of the most endangered wolf species in the world, but in accordance with the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan, the Lowcountry Zoo will help savethered wolves + spread awareness. Learn more + donate here. 🐺 (Holy City Sinner)
Closing ○ Boba tea cafeTapio(221 Coming St.)announced that it will be closing on Sun., Nov. 29, after six years of business. (Holy City Sinner)
ComingSoon ○ The partners that brought Uptown Social(587 King St.) to Charleston’s downtown scene have their sights set on a new venture: Share House + Bodega. The two new restaurants will take over a former train depot to create an all-day dining – and drinking – experience, offering everything from coffee + breakfast sandwiches to cocktails + poké nachos. 🍸 (Charleston City Paper)
Virtual ○ This year’s Charleston Christmas Special, produced by Brad and Jennifer Moranz, is available to stream from home between Dec. 19 + Dec. 27. Due to limited seating availability, all in-person tickets are sold out, but those wishing to participate in this Charleston holiday tradition can purchase a link to viewtheshow virtually. 🎄 (Holy City Sinner)
TodayIs ○ You’ve probably heard of Movember, but did you know that today is International Men’s Day? IMD strives to promote positive male role models + focus on men’s health and wellbeing among other things.
Dish ○ Not feeling like cooking this year? We hear you. One option for your Thanksgiving dinner: Afully-prepared feast courtesy of Lowes Foods. All they need is 24 hours notice. 🍽️ Ⓟ
Travel ○ Scaling down the Thanksgiving celebrations this year? Consider packing up and getting away for a stress-free roadtrip to Greenville, SC. Explore things to do around town + great hotel rates. 🧳Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
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2020 has been interesting — to say the least. And even though looking back might seem bleak, there are lots of nuggets of joy + delight we’ve been able to find in + around our amazing city this year.
Here are some of the things that have happened in Charleston that we are thankful for:
40+ ways to give back in Charleston ⭐ There’s something special about turning your passion into a gift for others. This volunteer guide is catered to specific interests. This includes everything from artists to those passionate about Charleston’s minority groups. There’s something for everyone. We love helping + supporting our fellow Charlestonians.
Locally grown food 🌾 Nothing compares to eating fresh food that is grown + made right where we live. There are 24,000+ farmers across the Palmetto State. By supporting them, we are supporting our state’s economy.
So now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? We are especially interested in things that are CHS-centric. Did you finally get to eat your way around the world in Charleston, open a local business, try a new restaurant in town, or spend some time exploring a new part of our beautiful city?
PlanAhead ○ Kiawah River Home for the Holidays Tour of Homes| Fri., Nov. 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 3883 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island | Free, RSVP | Explore a variety of homes and lots as you make your way through festive avenues lined with holiday cheer + enjoy live music, food trucks and a bloody mary and mimosa bar. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Beauty lovers, meet this holiday bundle from Thrive Causemetics. It has pretty much everything you need to look your best for the holidays: • award-winning brow gel • waterproof eyeliner • free tube of their best-selling mascara
The kit is an idealgift for your favorite beauty-lover (or a treat for yourself) – and it’s now available for just $46 (usually $70). Ⓟ