Fun in the Sun promises a splash of delight for all

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Pockets Full of Sunshine, a local organization providing employment opportunities for disabled adults, will host its annual Fun in the Sun for Everyone beach day from 1 to 3 p.m. June 7 in front of Marriott's Surf Watch on Hilton Head Island.

The free event includes beach activities for special needs children and adults and their families of all ages and abilities.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. Activities will include paddle boarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games and relaxation.

Lifeguards and volunteers will be included in the event to ensure a safe environment for all.

Caregiver supervision is required for all attendees. Shuttles from the parking lot to beach will be provided. The beach access is wheelchair accessible.

The event was built off a 2015 Special Needs Surf Day, started by local high school surfer James Bartholomew, who wanted to provide a fun day of surfing for his sister and her classmates with special needs.

The event has grown to include many events that are accessible and inclusive of all. In 2017, more than 130 participants attended Fun in the Sun.

For more information and registration instructions, visit pocketsfullofsun.org. Registration can be taken until the day of the event.

Since 2014, Pockets Full of Sunshine has been working to make Beaufort County a sunnier place by employing intellectually and physically disabled adults. Founded by Dayna Dehlinger and Laurin Rivers, partnering with Carol and RJ Bartholomew, PFS has a goal of bridging the gap between the general population and individuals with special needs.

Through providing employment opportunities for exceptional individuals, Pockets Full of Sunshine will not only increase their exposure to and interaction with the general population, but will also provide special needs individuals with increased independence, growth and sense of personal pride.

Pockets Full of Sunshine was inspired by recycled material from an automotive label company that looks like a small yellow sunshine shape. The "sunshines" are recycled and re-purposed by adults with disabilities, who turn them into greeting cards, gift tags, magnets and stationery.

Funds raised support community focused employment of adults with special needs.

Pockets Full of Sunshine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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