Take home an item from the St. Francis Thrift Shop and give back to the community

HILTON HEAD—St. Francis Thrift Shop offered help and hope to groups that serve the disabled, senior citizens, the families of wounded service men and women, and many others at its annual grants reception held July 17.

It gave out $60,000 to 32 non-profits from the Hilton Head-Bluffton area, said Thom Hill, chairman of the thrift shop’s advisory council. Recipients must submit an application, and their programs must serve a specific need and reflect Catholic values, Hill said.

The shop, located off U.S. 278 on Hilton Head, has been in business 13 years and sells everything from furniture and clothing to jewelry and artwork, he said. Like other nonprofits such as Goodwill, they have even taken to selling books on the Amazon website.

In the past year, the shop also made about $27,000 worth of in-kind donations of items to needy people in the area, Hill said.

Clothes that don’t sell in the store go to organizations such as the Savannah Mission. It also donated furniture and clothing to people who lost their homes to fires or other disasters, and gave computers and other electronics to a school in Savannah.

A staff of 125 volunteers from St. Francis by the Sea and Holy Family churches on Hilton Head, St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton, and others from the community keep the shop running.
Along with the annual grants, Hill said profits also support St. Francis School.

The Lowcountry Pregnancy Center received $3,350 to help fund prenatal care for mothers facing crisis pregnancies, said executive director Dr. Vera Bailey.

Prenatal care is especially important because many of the women who come to the center don’t have health insurance or are under-insured.

“They’ve been very, very good to us and we’re very grateful for all the years they’ve been a source of support for us,” Bailey said.

The center helps about 1,000 women each year at its main office on the island, and sees another 800 through mobile units that visit areas around Beaufort and Jasper counties, she said.

Recently, economic concerns have forced the center to cut mobile unit visits back to two days a week from four, and the main office is open four days a week instead of five.

Other agencies the thrift shop assisted were:


Bluffton Self Help

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)

Children’s Relief Fund (CRF)

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)

Heroes on Horseback

Hilton Head Citizens for Life

Hilton Head Heroes

Hilton Head Island Deep Well

Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry

Hunger & Homeless Coalition – Backpack Buddies – Hilton Head

Island House/Mental Health America

Island Recreation Association

Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Meals on Wheels

Memory Matters

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Achievement School

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

Neighborhood Outreach Connection

Operation R & R

Pregnancy Center of the Lowcountry

Programs for Exceptional People (PEP)

Room at the Inn of the Lowcountry

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry

Second Helpings

Special Olympics South Carolina Area 8

Treat the Troops

Volunteers in Medicine – HHI

Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Jasper/Bluffton

YANA Club of Hilton Head