Wednesday, April 17, 2013
East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Hidden Ponds Nursery will hold their annual Hidden Ponds Nursery benefit weekend for East Cooper Meals on Wheels on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 at Hidden Ponds Nursery, 4836 Highway 17 North in Awendaw.
Phil and Sally St. Pierre, local entrepreneurs and owners of Hidden Ponds Nursery, host an annual benefit weekend each spring through which they donate 10 percent of their sales to East Cooper Meals on Wheels. Customers are invited to shop, stroll the meandering paths or relax by the pond.
Saturday’s activities include prize drawings and a “Pay What You Can” hotdog lunch, featuring Phil’s famous salsa. Get your green thumb ready and bring the family out to have some fun for a good cause.
Hidden Ponds is the largest retail growing nursery east of the Cooper, offering a premium selection of flowers, shrubs, trees, aquatics and garden accessories. The nursery is located at 4863 Highway 17 North in Awendaw and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers daily nutrition to residents in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Cainhoy and Wando, who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals. The group also advocates on behalf of recipients whose needs exceed the scope of its programs. Its mission extends beyond the poor elderly to include anyone of any age who is homebound for any length of time and/or unable to independently provide a meal. Most of the group’s recipients are over 60 years of age and 74 percent live at or below the poverty line.
Each meal East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers provides 33 percent of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for a recipient, with one midday meal being delivered daily to each recipient. The group’s most needy and isolated recipients rely on Meals on Wheels for 66 percent of their DRI through the delivery of a second daily (supper) meal.