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When faced with a life-limiting condition for which there is no cure, patients and their loved ones find support, love and care with hospice.

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The Hilton Head Plantation Craft Group, originally established by residents of Hilton Head Island more than 30 years ago, honors the service of hospice by donating profits from its annual craft show and sale (the next one occurs on October 15) to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, a non-profit organization serving Beaufort and Jasper counties for the past 28 years.

Since 1996, Hilton Head Plantation Group has donated in excess of $161,000 to the organization, one of only three agencies in South Carolina to be dually licensed and certified in both hospice and home health care. While the dollar amount given by the craft group to hospice is sizeable, so is the breadth of unique and reasonably priced handmade gifts the group offers for sale. Cooks will enjoy beaded serving pieces, hand-painted wine glasses, aprons made from dish towels, potato bags, ultra-suede jewelry-trimmed napkin rings, wooden oven shelf push/pulls and kiln-shaped wine bottle cheese trays. In addition to objects of interest to cooks, the group crafts hundreds of other things, as well, among them silk scarves, various style handbags, featherweight crocheted necklaces, sweaters and baby things, children's toys, embroidered items, pillows, seat belt covers, golf tee holders, Thanksgiving centerpieces, Christmas holiday stockings, wreaths and more, more, more.

Of note, retired architect-turned-artist Wayne Gilbert, who specializes in portraits of your home from a photo, will be in attendance at this year's show, which will take place on October 15.

Donations to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry (www.hospicecarelc.org) can be made by calling 843-706-2296.

Editor's note: Hospice of the Central Peninsula serves the Kenai-Soldotna area. For more information on Hospice of the Central Peninsula, call 907-262-0453 or visit www.hospiceofcentralpeninsula.com.

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

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