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Hardeeville Chamber hyped for holiday season

The Greater Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce is ready for the holiday season.

The Hardeeville Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. The route begins at Hummingbird Lane and will continue from Whyte Hardee Boulevard to Main Street. The parade will lead to City Hall and end just past Randall Street.

This is a lighted parade and the theme is “Christmas Around the World.” Call Ava Comer at 912-844-1233 for a participation application.

Decorating contest

The GHCC decorating contest is also in full swing. Several businesses and homes in Hardeeville have announced their intention to participate. Judges will visit all registered homes and business locations to judge the lighting displays on the evenings of Dec. 7 and 8 to judge in several categories. Applications and more information are available through the Chamber.

Awards for both activities will be given at the city of Hardeeville Tree Lighting after the Christmas parade. Contact Addison Jarrell (843-784-2231) for details.

Fill the Sleigh

The Fill the Sleigh campaign is also underway. Anyone wishing to donate toys or necessities should contact the Chamber for delivery or pickup. The Sun City neighborhoodwide collection effort is Dec. 12. Contact resident coordinator Beth Williams for more information.

The campaign served 146 families in the greater Hardeeville area with items such as toys, limited clothes and shoes, gift cards, and necessities. Children participating range from birth to up to 17 years old with younger siblings in the home. The majority of these families each have at least one person working within the household. The Chamber reaches out to local businesses to inform them of this assistance. It has been a bittersweet adventure for the Chamber and an amazing benefit to our local community.

New board members

The Greater Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce elected new members of the board of directors this fall. New President Rick Patel said he is pleased with the diversity and well-roundedness of the current Chamber Board.

GHCC board members Ashley Keatts and Sterling Horry remain for another term. They are joined by Karen Monday of Agency One Insurance in Hardeeville and Ridgeland, and Carletta Williams with the South Carolina State Welcome Center.

Each member will be instrumental in reaching the goals and the mission of the Chamber.

New building

The public can expect lots of growth and progress with the GHCC in 2018, beginning with the moving of the GHCC office. The new office will occupy the Aleida’s Antiques storefront on Main Street, owned by Patel. Renovations are expected to begin in early spring.

The renovated building will house the GHCC office and programing, the long-awaited Greater Hardeeville Visitors Center, and future incubator offices to accommodate local businesses that have experienced limits on space and resources.

For more information, visit the updated GHCC website at www.hardeevillechamber.com and the Facebook page.

Ava Comer is executive director of the Greater Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce.

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