November 2013

Sweetening the Deal: Live to Give—A God Thing is getting competitive


What began only a few short months ago as a little shop operating on the principle of giving it all back is sprouting and growing like kudzu on the side of a Carolina roadway. Deb Copeland, author and former business consulting entrepreneur, now turned retail maven, made a commitment to God when she turned 50. She would work fulltime for Him, returning 100 percent of her income to charitable endeavors through her non-profit Live to Give—A God Thing.

The Live to Give Gallery, situated deliciously behind the Dunkin Donuts on Hilton Head Island, is thriving. Filled with color, art and love, there is always something new to discover, which makes for the best destination if you are looking for a gift, looking to decorate your home, or looking to connect. The gallery space is bursting at the seams. Copeland and her team have built out more square footage on the first floor of the building, and have taken over the upper floor as well, where classes and events in art and faith take place weekly for children and adults.

Offerings include art classes for adults, held every Tuesday and Thursday, with visiting artists teaching and encouraging students of all experience levels. If the projects stay at the gallery to be sold for the non-profit the classes and materials are free. A $15 materials fee is charged if the project goes home. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the gallery offers free crafting time—great fun for moms and daughters or girlfriends. The charity has given back to the local community in a big way through educational scholarships, an array of prayer groups and luncheons, and a weekly program for middle schoolers.

Following their successful fundraising endeavors such as their “Chair-ity Auction” this past August, where local artists decorated and renewed chairs that were auctioned to benefit Live to Give, and Copeland’s ongoing fashionista-fundraising with refurbished jean jackets, trimmed, decorated, and sold through the gallery, they are gearing up for a competitive event to benefit their endeavors in a totally sweet way.

The group’s first annual “Sweets for the Soul” dessert tasting competition will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Hilton Head Christian Academy. The competition will include both professional and amateur bakers. (I can smell the cinnamon and sugar already.) Live to Give is seeking sponsors and advertisers for the event and is thrilled to be welcoming William Paul Young, author of The Shack as guest speaker—not-to-be missed, so save-the-date!

To learn about all the opportunities available at Live to Give—A God Thing, please stop by the Live to Give Gallery at 4 Southwood Park Drive, Suite #3, Hilton Head Island or call (843) 715-0617. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

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