November 15, 2023

SC Ports, maritime partners aim to fill shipping container with toys for SC children

Donations are accepted until Dec. 15. Please help us fill a shipping container for Lowcountry children! (Photo/SCPA/English Purcell)

CHARLESTON, SC – NOV. 15, 2023 – SC Ports is partnering with the International Longshoreman’s Association, Coalition 18, and the Maritime Association of South Carolina this year to fulfill the holiday wish lists of South Carolina foster children.

The maritime community is asking its partners, businesses and area residents to donate to the Maritime Toy Drive with the goal of filling an Evergreen shipping container with toys by Dec. 15. Donations will be distributed to foster children in South Carolina by the S.C. Department of Social Services.

“SC Ports is dedicated year-round to connecting with local communities in our state and giving back to our citizens, and the holidays are an especially impactful time to make a difference in the lives of those most in need,” SC Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin said. “We are grateful for our maritime partners for teaming up with us again this year, and we are encouraging people and businesses to join us in supporting such a wonderful cause.”

“Last year nearly 2,000 toys were donated to fill the shipping container,” said Juan Gordon, president of trucking organization Coalition 18. “We want to inspire the community to go even bigger this year. Every little bit counts.”

“The International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422, Local 1422-A and Local 1771 believe in service and giving and back to our community,” said Yvette Flowers, the financial secretary treasurer of the ILA Local 1422. “We hope others in the Lowcountry will join us this holiday season in giving back to South Carolina children, along with our maritime partners.”

“Partnership and community service are an integral part of the maritime community,” said Taylor Jackson, President and CEO of the Maritime Association of South Carolina. “We are proud to join such a wonderful cause and encourage others in the community to join us in making a difference in the lives of South Carolina children during this season of giving.”

How to donate: 

Bring unwrapped toys to SC Ports headquarters, located at 200 Ports Authority Drive, Mount Pleasant, S.C., or,

Purchase toys online through the wish lists below. When checking out, please make sure you select the gift registry shipping address.