St. Helena Island, SC – Continuing a holiday tradition of helping others, the residents of Dataw Island Club collected more than 200 toys during the eighth annual Santa Claus Open Day, held Sunday, December 13, 2009. The toys were given to 65 children of deployed military personnel assigned to VMFA AW 533 (Hawks) and VMFA 115 (Eagles) from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Beaufort. The Santa Claus Open Day featured a toy drive for the children and Santa’s luncheon for the military families.

“We are very proud of our members who took part in the recent Santa Claus Open Day and helped to provide Christmas toys for the children of Beaufort-area armed service personnel,” said Ted Bartlett, Dataw Island general manager. “Hosting charity outings such as this is a positive way to help the community and to assist those who are sacrificing for our freedoms.”

About Dataw Island
Located just outside of the antebellum town of Beaufort, S.C., Dataw Island combines a life of privacy and luxury. Recognized as one of the top coastal residential communities in the Southeast, this secluded 870-acre gated community offers residents the best in South Carolina Lowcountry living. Adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and lush marshes, the Dataw community provides residents with the finest amenities in the southeast; two of the finest golf courses, eight Har-Tru tennis courts, championship croquet lawns, indoor and outdoor pools, community and fitness center, boat marina and a wide selection of dining options. For more information, contact Dataw Island at (866) 683-2829 or visit

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