Oysters, music and fun for a great cause: The Annual HALOS Oyster Roast is here!

Liz Youngs

The 7th annual HALOS Oyster Roast is Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 4 – 7 PM at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant. The location this year is going to be spectacular with amazing views of the Charleston Harbor.  Admission price includes oysters, chili, hot dogs, beer, wine, and live entertainment. A silent auction and wine-pull offer additional ways for guests to support kinship families in our community and win exciting items and packages! 

HALOS is a local organization providing assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties and to their kinship caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, HALOS helps to improve the lives of these children.

Did you know that on any given day, more than 64,000 of South Carolina's children live in the full-time care of grandparents and other relatives? This is so they don’t have to enter the foster care system.

Often, these kinship caregivers have to take in a beloved child with little notice, and typically they don’t have the resources to purchase much-needed items such as car seats, cribs, clothing, and beds to keep the children safe. Here are some facts about kinship caregivers:

1. Children are scared when they’re taken from their homes. Caregivers may have difficulty coping with daunting new responsibilities. HALOS stops these problems from becoming a crisis through support groups and links to professional care.

2. Kinship caregivers tend to be poorer, older, and less-educated than traditional parents or foster parents. HALOS keeps children from being trapped in a cycle of poverty through links to financial assistance for food and healthcare.

3. Some children can’t enroll in school or receive medical treatment because their caregivers aren’t their legal guardians. HALOS connects families to the legal help they need to establish legal guardianship.

4. For the families that qualify, HALOS has launched a program providing 12-18 months of enhanced case management with a Success Coach, who helps families work through risk factors with the children and caregivers to create action plans that provide them with necessary tools to be successful. 

There is a wish list on the HALOS website if you would like to donate any of these requested items. 

HALOS works hard to provide these neglected children with school supplies, holiday gifts, summer camp scholarships and critical goods.

So come on out and join the fun to help a great local cause!  The oyster roast is one of the most anticipated annual events in our area. All proceeds will be used to support the HALOS mission of providing support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers.  

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door and are available NOW on by clicking here EventBrite  

Your unrestricted gift supports kinship families by helping relatives provide a safe and loving home environment for the children in their care. In 2017, the HALOS Kinship Care Program served 879 children and 548 kinship caregivers (representing 424 families) with support groups, connection to community resources, home visits, crisis assistance, and educational opportunities.

For more information on how you can help, visit http://charlestonhalos.org/programs/

Find HALOS on Twitter: @CharlestonHALOS