To the Editor,

 With all the sad things we see in the news these days, I want to take a moment to share with you a good deed that was done by a family in my neighborhood. 

The Mallory family of Shell Hall for the last two years during the month of October has set up two skeletons in a variety of positions that change daily. The skeletons are fondly named Bob and Bobette. At the end of each day, the family changes the skeletons’ positioning so that Bob and Bobette are doing everyday things like checking the mail, playing a game, drinking coffee and reading the Bluffton Sun or roasting s’mores over a fire pit. 

Every morning, neighbors heading to work or school look forward to driving by the Mallory home to see what Bob and Bobette are doing that day. 

The Mallorys decided to put Bob and Bobette to work by posing them as representatives of Bluffton Self Help. They planned the BSH themed days in advance and advertised through our community Facebook page that they would be collecting donations for BSH the weekend of Oct. 21-23. They ended up with a generous collection of food and hygiene items. 

As we near the holiday season, I want to remind the community that 60% of those living in Beaufort County do not make a livable wage. This means they may not be able to purchase a turkey or ham for their holiday table, they may not be able to buy a toy on their child’s Christmas wish list, or they may not be able to pay their rent this month due to an unexpected hardship. 

One small act of hosting a food drive, donating financially or volunteering time can make a positive impact. As they say, “It takes a village,” so I challenge your readers to find their inner “Bob” and “Bobette” and give to a charity of their choice.  

Julia Violi