Bluffton, S.C. – The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation has presented a $50,000 check to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.
“The grant was provided to support the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Dental program,” said Harvey Galloway, the foundation’s executive director. “The Care Mobile serves public elementary schools, some preschools, and children of migrant workers throughout Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.”
Galloway said today’s event was part of a series the foundation is hosting around the state to present its grants and honor the recipients in front of community and business leaders. Since the foundation was established in 2003, it has allocated more than $41 million in South Carolina to address issues such as childhood health, community health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, nursing and health research, and the increasing need for free medical clinics.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is honored to be chosen as a recipient of grant funding to support our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program,” said Nikole Gore Layton, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. “Our Care Mobile program impacts more than 1,600 underserved children each year by providing vital dental services and unmet dental needs. This grant will support our ongoing efforts tremendously. We are humbled and grateful to the foundation for its support of our mission.”
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that enhance the health and well-being of children. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a core program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. The mission of the Care Mobile is to improve the oral health of all underserved children in the public elementary schools, some preschools, and children of migrant workers throughout Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties, without direct cost to the patients and families.
Headquartered in Columbia, the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation (www.bcbsscfoundation.org) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote the health of South Carolinians and to expand access to health care in South Carolina for the economically disadvantaged by supporting integrated research, education and community service.