In 1988, a dedicated telethon volunteer with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), William (Bill) Boyce, Boyce Distributors and SC Yemassee loggers Larry Connelly and his wife Carol, and Telethon Coordinator for MUSC Hospital Lorraine “Rainey” Evans, played a key role in establishing the Log A Load For Kids® campaign through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon.
The basic concept of Log A Load For Kids® is for loggers and wood-supplying businesses to donate the value of a load of logs, or any amount, to a nearby Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to be used in treating ill and injured children. In addition, special fundraising events are organized by Log A Load For Kids® volunteers to supplement donations to the hospitals.
The South Carolina Forestry Association took this concept and developed the first successful Log A Load For Kids® program to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since that time the Log A Load For Kids program has spread to 39 states, and has raised more than $44 million for 75 member hospitals.