To the Editor:

Lynne Cope Hummell got my attention in her column on all the trees Hurricane Matthew took out (Bluffton Sun, Nov. 1).

As I drive on my errand routes, I too am upset at all the loss,. I have to wonder, though, why Ms. Hummell or anyone else as far as I know has not noticed the take-down of Bluffton’s forests?

On one corner we now are going to have a Sam’s Club. Could we not have continued to drive to one of the two other Sam’s? Do we have to sacrifice trees plus the habitat they give our marvelous critters in order to have something under our nose?

I moved here five years ago and Bluffton was a different place then. It was easy to understand why it was a popular place with outdoor lovers like me. I have been able to add many creatures to my “life lists” here.

Three years ago, Bluffton’s leaders took a severely detrimental wrong turn in their planning and it is just going to get worse. Soon Bluffton will be like every other “small” town whose leaders have dollar signs in their eyes.

Mary Ann Lueckel

Bluffton

To the Editor:

Palmetto Animal League was put to the test on Oct. 7 when Hurricane Matthew came swirling into town. PAL was extremely fortunate.

Our building is rated to withstand a Category 3 hurricane, and luckily power was out for only one day. Our “home team” stayed at the Adoption Center with roughly half of the pets, while our “away team” evacuated over 100 animals to Aiken.

One day after the evacuation order was lifted, the American Humane Association’s Red Star unit set up a base of operations in PAL’s parking lot. Together, American Humane and the National Veterinary Response Team distributed thousands of pounds of pet food and cat litter and provided veterinary care to those in need.

A few days later, Kroger kindly donated 8,000 pounds of pet food for PAL to distribute. Dr. Rodell Lawrence, executive director of the Penn Center, allowed us to give out the supplies from their location on Saint Helena Island.

Tom Curry of Lowcountry Paver relocated the Kroger trailer stocked with pet food and Teresa Forrest of Forrest Concrete sent a pallet jack to unload the supplies.

Local media outlets helped spread the word so folks who needed help for their animals could respond. Every morsel was donated to those in need.

Animal loving individuals coming together creates a different kind of storm, one that is far more powerful and long-lasting than any hurricane. The ugliness of disaster is no match for Lowcountry families as we unite to help animals and each other.

Amy Campanini

President, Palmetto Animal League

To the Editor:

There is a very special group of ladies on Hilton Head Island that call themselves the Hilton Head Plantation Craft Workshop. This group of ladies sews, knits, crochets, paints, glues and create a number of beautiful craft items. They are true artisans.

They have two shows per year and the proceeds are donated to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.

This relationship began in 1996. Throughout the years, they have donated over $220,000 to support our mission of providing compassionate end of life care to patients and their families diagnosed with terminal illness, regardless of their financial circumstance.

On behalf of the board of directors, staff and, most importantly, our patients, thank you ladies. Your generosity and commitment is so appreciated.

Jenny Brasington, RN, CHPN

Executive Director

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry