In The Community

Howell and Christmas and Lowcountry Helmets for Kids is proud to announce a new partnership with Charleston County First Steps. Charleston County First Steps is part of a State initiative which provides for public and private resources to help children ages birth to five prepare to enter school healthy and ready to learn. They provide early education services that are individualized, comprehensive and outcome driven, and partner with child care professionals and parents to ensure children make healthy progress along developmental stages and make sure all families are connected to community resources.
Attorney Reese Stidham delivered our first shipment of helmets in June to be distributed to participating families free of charge. We are excited about our new partnership and about continuing our mission to protect our community’s children.


Harvest Dinner

Howell and Christmas is proud to once again sponsor The Green Heart Project’s Harvest Dinner on May 17!

The Green Heart Project farm-to-school programs are providing students an opportunity to get out of the classroom and learn valuable lessons. The school garden programs teach students’ teamwork as they ban together to grow, eat, and celebrate food. The school farms act as an outdoor classroom where children can learn hard work and see real growth as a result of their efforts.

As the spring season comes to an end The Green Heart Project and its 6 affiliate schools are excited to host their annual Harvest Dinner in the garden.

The community is invited to celebrate the hard work the program and students have put forth to bring you a delicious dinner! To learn more about the Harvest Dinner, click here.

Helmet Giveaway

Howell and Christmas and Lowcountry Helmets for Kids were proud to once again partner with the City of Charleston Police Department to give away over one hundred helmets to children in need at the annual first day festival. Attorneys Lad Howell and Reese Stidham delivered the helmets to Sgt. Trevor Shelor and his team prior to the event. Since partnering with the C.P.D., we have distributed over one thousand helmets to our community’s children absolutely free of charge.


Howell and Christmas is Active in Our Community

bridge_pic_1Howell and Christmas law firm participated in the annual Bridge Run in Charleston, South Carolina on April 6, 2013. They ran in support of Lowcountry Helmets For Kids, a charitable organization that was founded by the attorneys at Howell and Christmas. Sponsors include Dr. Thomas Hahm @ Carolina Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Institute located in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Charleston RiverDogs, News 2, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, City of Charleston Police Department, and the North Charleston Police Department.


turning_leaf_project-300x200In his capacity as President of the Charleston County Bar Association, Lad is shown here presenting a check to the Turning Leaf Project, an organization devoted to the rehabilitation of criminals and emotional healing of victims of crimes. Convicted criminals, upon completion of Turning Leaf’s programs, spend counseling sessions discussing their past wrongs with the actual victims of their crimes. Turning Leaf’s success in both helping criminals understand the impact of their bad behavior as well as its success in providing victims of crime with a sense of closure and forgiveness has been widely heralded in Charleston County. Congratulations to the Turning Leaf Project, both the Charleseton County Bar Association and Howell and Christmaswish you continued success.

hfk_logoHowell and Christmas are dedicated to protecting our children. In addition to our traditional role of securing responsibility for our young clients who are victims of accidents and abuse, we are now expanding our efforts to protect our children, even those who are not our clients. Recently we launched our “Helmets for Kids” program. The program aims to supply, free of charge, bicycle, skateboard, and scooter helmets to deserving children in our community. Our goal is to help prevent child head injuries in the low country and beyond.


Howell and Christmas not only care about ALL children in our community – we are taking action to protect them.



Howell and Christmas and Lowcountry Helmets for Kids is proud to celebrate one year of successful collaboration with the North Charleston Police Department. With our help, the N.C.P.D. has distributed over 100 helmets to children in need in their community. By providing local law enforcement with helmets free of charge, it not only helps to protect our children against head injury, but gives the police officers an opportunity to interact with their communities in a positive manner. Attorney Reese Stidham recently delivered a new shipment of helmets to help ensure that our successful partnership continues. Thanks to all of the hard working men and women of the North Charleston Police Department for helping Lowcountry Helmets for Kids and Howell & Christmas continue our mission of protecting our children!



Howell and Christmas is proud to report that Lowcountry Helmets for Kids is continuing our successful partnership with Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday February 7, 2013, Attorney Lad Howell delivered another shipment of helmets to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. The DCSO has been passing out our helmets to children who need them free of charge at community events. Thanks to the good people at the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for helping us achieve our goal of protecting our children across the lowcountry!



8047703337_792d20db8c_mHowell and Christmas is proud to announce that Lowcountry Helmets for Kids has partnered with the North Charleston Police Department to help distribute helmets to children who are in need. The North Charleston Police Department gave out our helmets at their National Night Out event held at the Accabee Community Center in North Charleston. National Night Out is an event designed to strengthen ties between the community and their police department. We are proud that Lowcountry Helmets for Kids helps to give our local police officers a chance to interact with the community in a positive manner. We will again be partnering with the NCPD at the next National Night Out on Tuesday August 6, 2013. Be on the lookout for more Lowcountry Helmets for Kids events soon.


Lowcountry Helmets for Kids Gives Away Free Bicycle Helmets at South Carolina Brain Injury Association Oyster Roast in Mt. Pleasant

Lowcountry Helmets for Kids (A non-profit charity whose mission is to provide free helmets to every child in the lowcountry to prevent brain injuries) held a free helmet giveaway at an oyster roast given by the South Carolina Brain Injury Association on Gold Bug Island in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday January 26, 2013. Kathryn Christmas and Attorneys Gary Christmas and Lad Howell all attended the oyster roast and distributed free helmets to all children in attendance. The event was called Shuck-A-Rama and was sponsored by the South Carolina Brain Injury Alliance to help raise awareness about brain injury in South Carolina. Gary Christmas, co founder of Lowcountry Helmets for Kids, praised the South Carolina Brain Injury Association for all its hard work in South Carolina in helping those with head injuries and their families. He also stressed the importance of having children in the lowcountry wear their helmets when they bicycle, skateboard, or do any physical activity that carries the risk of head trauma.

If you or someone you know is in need of a free helmet, please contact Lowcountry Helmets for Kids through our website or contact Lad or Gary at 844-334-0044 or at



Howell and Christmas at the Kidsfair

Lowcountry Helmets for Kids and lawyers from Howell and Christmas continued our successful partnership with the City of Charleston Police Department at the Kidsfair this weekend held at Burke High School. Kidsfair is a terrific event put on by the good people at the Charleston Jewish Community Center every year. We are proud to announce that this year there will be more than two hundred kids that will be heading into spring wearing brand new bike helmets thanks to this great event. A special thanks to Officers Trevor Shelor and Harry Sosa of CPD for all the hard work you do!



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