On another absolutely gorgeous December morning on Oak Island, we walked past the Oak Island Pier to see a line of children and adults excitedly (and some nervously) waiting their turn to come face to face with none other than The Grinch. Now the beach is the last place one might expect to run into this Dr. Seuss creation, but we were thrilled for the opportunity to meet The Grinch, get an amazing photo, and learn more about the organization responsible for his presence.
This meet and greet was put on by Oak Island Friends of Parks Foundation in an effort to raise funds which are directly used to improve the parks system of Oak Island. For a suggested donation of $5 we were able to get our photo taken with The Grinch, help out the foundation, and help Jen get over her fear of people in Christmas themed costumes.
We spoke to Dennis Maneri, Chairperson of Oak Island Friends of Parks Foundation who explained that donations are used to supplement funding from the Oak Island Parks system. The donations are used to make additional improvements for comfort and accessibility, such as shade structures, drinking fountains, and beach wheelchairs.
If you would like to find out more about how you can help make the parks on Oak Island more accessible and volunteering opportunities, please visit www.okifriendsofparks.org