34th annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta supports local charities


Organizers urge boat owners and captains to register to participate in the 34th annual Intracoastal Regatta.   File photo

More than just a yearly boat parade, Yachts for Tots’ Intracoastal Christmas Regatta has been making an impact on the lives of the children and the community of Horry County by raising money and collecting unwrapped toys.

With the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, they are welcoming non-perishable food to help supply food banks and are requesting help for medical and dental donations or personal assistance from professionals. They will also welcome donations of pet supplies and food

“We’re asking local professionals to donate "in-kind" certificates specifically for kids to help them get back to a normal life, in spite of their current living conditions,” said Cathy Honeycutt, who has been working on the committee that organizes the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta for nearly 10 years. “Examples include dentists who might be able to offer a few certificates for a free dental cleaning or a barber or hairstylist who might donate certificates for a free haircut. Restaurants could offer a certificate for a free meal or a movie theatre could offer a few movie tickets.”

The organizers are also urging boat owners and captains to register to participate in the 34th annual Intracoastal Regatta. 

“Boat registration fees are another way we raise funds,” Honeycutt said.

Boat registrations can be done online or by calling Susie Watson at 843-249-8888 for assistance.

They want to make sure that there wouldn’t be a single child without a present to open on Christmas morning so they encourage everyone to take their toy donations at the Harbourgate Marina, even after the parade.

Updates about Yachts for Tots’ Intracoastal Christmas Regatta are posted on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/christmasregatta.

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