Reasons to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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An experienced paralegal and teacher, Ashley Hewitt of South Carolina (SC) also takes an active role in her community. Ashley Hewitt of SC stands out as former organizer of the Bike-A-Thon, a fund raiser that benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Recognized worldwide as a developer of innovative pediatric oncology treatments, St. Jude Children’s Hospital also offers state-of-the-art care at no cost to families. The hospital covers not only treatment but also travel, hospitality, and other costs associated with seeking medical care, so that families can focus on helping their children become well. St. Jude commits to each patient throughout the time required for treatment, which can last up to several years, and the hospital follows up for a full decade after treatment has ended.

Operational costs for the hospital total $2.2 million per day, and 75 percent of these costs are met with public donations. These donations go not only to funding children’s care, but also to the development of life-saving treatments. Since the hospital’s founding in 1962, these treatments have helped to drive childhood cancer survival rates from 20 percent to 80 percent or more.

The organization continues to develop new treatments and to share its knowledge with doctors across the world. Donor funds help St. Jude’s to publicize its findings as well as to sponsor training for healthcare professionals worldwide, who can then bring cutting-edge care to children in their home countries.

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The Charleston Animal Society’s Annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast

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An experienced leader with a background in education, Ashley Hewitt most recently served as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA, in North Charleston, SC. In this capacity, she worked to resolve claim issues and helped clients understand their rights. Active in her local SC community, Ashley Hewitt supports such organizations as the Charleston Animal Society (CAS).

Dedicated to ending animal cruelty, the CAS has cared for animals since 1874. Over the years, the society has created and maintained numerous fundraising and awareness events, including the Annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast. Through past Chili Cook-Off events, the CAS has raised upwards of $300,000 thanks to the support of over 4,000 attendees.

Community members can attend the cook-off as guests, sponsors, or teams. Interested individuals can start or join teams online. Teams make the chili that is judged in the cook-off and raise donations. The CAS has created several videos and resources to help teams ask for donations. Money raised through the event helps the animals at the CAS. Entry to the event is granted for individuals who donate at least $25.

The 2016 Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast is scheduled for November 19, 2016. It will be held between the Old Navy Base and the Cooper River at Riverfront Park and will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three Effortless Ways to Donate to Charity

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Experienced educator and paralegal Ashley Hewitt of SC most recently lent her talents to George Sink in his personal injury firm. Ashley Hewitt is a community-minded individual, and frequently donates to and volunteers with wonderful causes in the SC area.

There are several very easy ways to support the charities you love without spending any extra money. Consider these effortless ways to give back to the charities you love:

1. Clip Box Tops for Education when you purchase qualifying products. Many popular brands including Hefty, Betty Crocker, General Mills, and Ziploc participate in this program. Each Box Top you clip is worth 10 cents to your favorite local school, and they add up fast.

2. If you already shop on Amazon.com, sign up for AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of every Prime eligible purchase you make to a charity of your choice when you begin your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

3. Link your various shopping rewards cards to your favorite charity. Many grocery stores, both large and small, will allow customers to connect their loyalty cards to their favorite charity, causing a small percentage of each purchase to be donated. Kroger stores and more than 20 regional grocers owned by Kroger participate in charitable programs like this.

Why Stand for Children Advocates for Excellent Education

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An educator based in SC, Alice Ashley Hewitt graduated from Clemson University with a degree in elementary education. In connection to her passion for teaching, Ashley Hewitt is a supporter of the advocacy group Stand for Children.

Stand for Children is an organization that believes that all children should have the equal opportunity to succeed in life. Thus, in fulfilling this goal, Stand for Children educates and empowers the community to demand excellent education. The organization also advocates for policies and funding that would impact classrooms across the country.

There are many reasons why Stand for Children advocates for education among other initiatives. The approximate number of high school students who don’t graduate each year reaches up to 1.2 million, and the United States is ranked only 22nd among all industrialized nations in terms of graduation rate. Moreover, a majority of students today are living in poverty and are 13 times less likely to graduate on time. Of those who do graduate high school, however, only 25 percent of them are actually prepared for college, as only 46 percent of those who enter college graduate. These figures are the reasons why Stand for Children performs its advocacy work.

If you are interested in helping the cause, visit www.stand.org.

Charleston, SC Animal Society Sponsors St. Paddy’s Event for Dogs

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Charleston, SC Animal Society
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A resident of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Ashley Hewitt most recently worked as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA Injury Lawyers in North Charleston, SC. Active in her community, Ashley Hewitt regularly donates to several local charities, including the Charleston Animal Society, where she contributes blankets, pet food, and toys.

Established in 1874, the Charleston Animal Society became the first animal organization in the state and one of the first in the country. Its mission has remained the same since its inception: to prevent cruelty to animals. As a nonprofit, the society relies heavily on the donations it raises through monthly fundraising events.

On March 12, 2016, the Charleston Animal Society sponsored the St. Paddy’s Pawlooza at the North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Attendees enjoyed live Irish music, food trucks, and craft beer. Admission to the event was $5 for people aged 13 and older, while canines, children aged 12 and younger, and Charleston County Park and Recreation Gold Pass members were admitted for free.