Charity event is held
for Tony Todd family
Photo by Jennifer Boyd
Shannon McCormick, Laura Todd and Anson Todd, all members of the Robert “Tony” Todd family, helped package and deliver tasty BBQ last Friday to benefit Todd. He is battling small cell carcinoma in his lung and brain.
By Jennifer Boyd
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind how much people of the Loris community love and respect Robert “Tony” Todd. Last Friday several friends, co-workers and family members worked morning and afternoon at a charity event for Todd, who is a beloved member of the community. His recent diagnosis of cancer has rallied everyone towards a common goal, which is to aid he and his family during the most trying time of their lives.
Todd is a Loris native who has for years given back to his town. He has been a life-long registered emergency room nurse at McLeod Hospital System in Loris, along with working as a nurse at the North Carolina Department of Corrections near Tabor City, N.C. He also worked as a paramedic in his younger years.
A few months ago, Todd began to feel ill and knowing his background in medicine, he recognized he had to immediately seek help. He was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma in his lung and brain, which unfortunately is an aggressive form of cancer.
All Todd’s friends at the hospital, his friends throughout the community, his family and his friends of the Loris Fire Department banded together last Friday for one common cause, to raise as much money for Todd and his medical expenses. Hundreds came out for a day of barbecue, fellowship and the desire to support a family who is battling cancer.
The charity event began at 11 a.m. and lasted until 3 p.m. People were given the opportunity to pre-order their lunch, which included barbecue, slaw, baked beans, bread and dessert.
Volunteers also delivered the tasty lunch to homes and businesses within the Loris area. T-shirts, desserts and bracelets were also sold during the charity event, along with a beautiful quilt that was raffled.
Todd and his family were completely shocked at the outpouring of love and generosity last Friday. Although much money was raised for his medical expenses, his true appreciation was for the hundreds of people who came out to help and donate to his charitable cause. They also feel blessed knowing so many people are praying for them and keeping them in their thoughts while he undergoes treatment.
The battle isn’t over. If anyone is interested in making a donation to Tony Todd, contact Jessica Robinson at 1-910-840-3903. Checks may be made to First Palmetto Bank, where there is an account set up for Todd.
Citizens come together
for two important causes
Loris volunteers last Saturday were Wayne Burnhauser, Stephanie Wilhelm, Jameson Lewis, Deegan Hudson, Art Barrera, Leronica Grate, Samantha Norris, Jennifer Boyd and Judy Cox.
By Jennifer Boyd
Last Saturday, board members of the Loris Chamber of Commerce, beauty queens and citizens of the community came out to benefit two important causes, cleaning up the city of Loris and giving to the United Way of Horry County. Each event was a huge success.
The morning began at 9 a.m. at the Courtyard on Main. Several board members of the chamber, along with a few other citizens, began a Saturday Sweep that was established to clean the city before the Loris Spring Festival and Outdoor Expo, which will be held on April 22 in the downtown area. This one day event will garner over 10,000 people into this portion of the city, so the volunteers felt it was important for Loris to look the best it can possibly look before visitors step foot onto each area that is now void of trash. Seven large bags of garbage were picked up by the volunteers, proving the idea was a success.
During the same time volunteers were picking up trash and debris off the streets of Loris, another volunteer program was taking place at the Courtyard on Main. The annual Miss America Service Day to benefit the United Way of Horry County’s Make Someone’s May Day Program was at the same place where the trash pick up began. This program enables citizens to donate items to shut-ins and the elderly that are needed for daily grooming and care. Each bag provided by the United Way was filled by Deegan Hudson, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen.
She worked feverishly filling these bags that will enable a select group of people feel special and cared for. The bags will eventually be delivered to the home bound seniors via the Mobile Meals of Horry County and the Horry County Council on Aging’s meal delivery program.
All-in-all, the community came together for two great causes. Another Saturday Sweep city clean up event will be held on May 20. This event, which will also be aided by the Loris Women’s Coalition, will be on a much larger scale than last Saturday’s event, with music, food and entertainment.
For more information, contact Samantha Ward Norris at the Loris Chamber of Commerce at 843-756-6030.
— Kids have fun finding 3,000 eggs —
Miss America’s Service Day was held on Saturday, April 8. Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Deegan Hudson was on hand collecting items for the United Way of Horry County’s Make Someone’s May Day Bags. These bags are distributed to homebound senior citizens in Horry County. Thank you to everyone who donated items for this great cause. We also had a Loris Spring Cleaning on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out to help.
The Annual Loris Easter Egg Hunt was held on Sunday, April 9. Over 300 attended the hunt held at the Loris Nature Park. Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Deegan Hudson and her friendly pals entertained the children in a great puppet show. Over 3,000 eggs were hid and everyone had a great time.
We would like to thank our sponsors for all the prizes that were donated. We could not do this without great supporters like you. Thank you to NAPA Auto Parts, Liberty Tax Service, Timeless Memories, Inc., Alabama Theatre, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Carolina Lady, The Loris Times, Loris Drug Store, Clayton Tyler, CMMS Studio, Art Barrera, Waccatee Zoo, Myrtle Waves, Family Kingdom, Stephanie Wilhelm, Melissa White and Janie Prince.
The 8th Annual Loris Spring Festival & Outdoor Expo will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Loris. Flowers for sale, a farmers market, vendors, demonstrations, live entertainment, duck calling contest, kid’s area and a Classic Car Cruise In. McLeod Loris Seacoast will be hosting a 5K and One Mile Fun Run again this year.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for being a part of this year’s Loris Spring Festival & Outdoor Expo: HTC, The Loris Scene, City of Loris, The Loris Times, Crossway Church, McLeod Loris Seacoast, Taste of Tuscany, Front Porch Ministries, Carolina Dental Care, Blanton Building Supplies, Ford’s Fuel Service, Loris Drug Store, WLSC Tiger Radio, Security Finance, Carolina Energy Conservation, Security Finance, Attorney Maria Elias-Williams, CMMS Studio and NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank.
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