The burdens endured by many children in our community are difficult to comprehend. These “shadow children,” unseen until a crisis occurs, are St. Christopher’s Children. A community-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, St. Christopher’s Children purchases basic clothing for children in critical need and refers them to medical professionals when no one else is there.

ST. CHRISTOPHER – Our Inspiration
St. Christopher was noted for helping others. A huge man, he frequently assisted pilgrims cross the dangerous rapids in a river. Once, a small child sought help in crossing. St. Christopher gently placed the tiny person on his broad shoulders to cross to the other side. As he moved through the torrent, the child became heavier with each step. The child was the heaviest burden St. Christopher ever carried, but one that transformed his life. That child was Jesus.

Together, We Will Make a Difference
“We will help as many of these children as possible toward a better tomorrow. Your contribution will make a difference. Please be there for these shadow children of Georgetown County.”

– Robert Pelletier, Founder, St. Christopher’s Children

Our Story In Brief (three minutes)

For a more in depth version (7 minutes), click here.

NEWS: Artist Designs Mascot for St. Christophers Children
Artist April Bensch has designed a colorful mascot for St. Christophers Children, a Pawleys Island organization for Georgetown County youth with special needs. She says she was smiling the whole time she was creating the mascot, “Saint Chris, the Derby Horse With Braces on Its Teeth.” Her work is a prelude to the release later this year of a new children’s book being written about Saint Chris. She will also provide additional illustrations for the book.

The novel’s author is Thomas Pelletier, who is the son of St. Christophers Children Founder Robert Pelletier. “I love how colorful Mr. Pelletier’s description of his horse character was, and I couldn’t wait to bring it to life,” says Bensch. “I love the beauty in his story—someone who overcomes adversity despite difficult beginnings and is able to shine all the more brightly due to his imperfections,” she says. “I would hope everyone could learn a lesson from this horse; to not give up or make excuses about their capabilities because of their past or current challenges.”

“I enjoy creating work for children, whether it is a mural for a youth’s playroom, or illustrating a children’s book, because children are just like me, ‘childlike.’ They love color, they love nature, they love to find secrets in small details, and they love to laugh. St. Christopher’s mascot is no exception to these concepts.”

“Giving back to youth and community is not just fun or rewarding, it also is essential,” she says. “If we want our world to get better instead of worse. In a culture where the mantra seems to be, ‘So, what can you do for me,’ it is such a blessing to be involved in any event or organization devoted to the opposite.”

NEWS: Precious Blood of Christ K of C Helps St. Christopher’s Children
This video shows Grand Knight Bill Sturgeon, Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, Council 11028, Pawleys Island, S.C., presenting a $500 check to Lisa Hinkson, Executive Director, St. Christopher’s Children. The Executive Director says the check for $500 will assist the non-profit in carrying out its mission in Georgetown County. “It aides youngsters in critical need by purchasing basic clothing for some and by referring others to medical professionals. We also operate St. Christopher’s Resale Store in Pawleys Island, adjacent to the Applewood House of Pancakes.”

NEWS: St. Christopher’s Children Named One of State’s Top 10 Charitable Angels
Bob Pelletier, founder of St. Christopher’s Children, accepting the recognition of St. Christopher’s Children being named to the 2014 list of the top 10 charitable Angels by the S.C. Secretary of State.

Bob Pelletier, founder of St. Christopher’s Children, accepting the recognition of St. Christopher’s Children being named to the 2014 list of the top 10 charitable Angels by the S.C. Secretary of State.

St. Christopher’s Children was named one of the top 10 charitable Angels of 2014 by the S.C. Secretary of State. The nonprofit, which provides clothing and other services to the area’s children, was nominated by the public for its work helping kids in need. Read more about the award in the Coastal Observer’s account.

New at the St. Christopher’s Children Resale Store

The store has recently been remodeled to be an even better showcase for all the items we have for sale in this unique boutique and gift shop! While our “Dress for Success” theme is carried out in an ever-changing stock of beautiful clothing, shoes, and jewelry, you also will find pottery, housewares, and some unique furniture items not to be found in other establishments. Here are some photos of recent items available at the boutique—store proceeds go to support the children in need in Georgetown County: