“First and fore­most, we need more angels… more finan­cial donors who can sup­port BSH! And with the ongo­ing strug­gling econ­omy, we will have even more peo­ple this year, in all walks of life, in need of our ser­vices.We rarely have a full pantry these days because our need is so great…”

Ms. Ida Martin, 2023 — 2013

Ms. Ida Stories of interest:

  • Miss Ida and Twenty Five memorable years…

    January 4, 2014

    Bluffton Self Help celebrated 25 years in existence in 2013!

    We thank all our wonderful partners who have supported us both financially and with volunteer efforts in these 25 years and in 2013.  …

  • Funeral Information for Ms. Ida Martin

    June 13, 2013

    Ms. Ida Mae Martin will be honored  by her family and friends next Thursday morning  (June 20, 2013) in a public viewing and  “homegoing ceremony” to be held at Campbell Chapel AME Church in Old Town Bluffton.

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  • Ida Martin, Founder of Bluffton Self Help, Dies

    June 12, 2013

    June 12, 2013, Bluffton, SC– Mrs. Ida Martin, age 86, founder of Bluffton Self Help, passed away peacefully late this afternoon surrounded by family members at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

    The founder of one …

  • In Loving Memory

    June 12, 2013

    We are all heartbroken at the loss of our Founder, Ms. Ida Martin, and send our prayers to Jake and her entire family. Information on funeral arrangements will be available on our …

  • Ida Martin Hospitalized

    April 19, 2013

    Our dear Founder, Ms. Ida Martin, has recently been hospitalized for pneumonia. She is in good spirits, and sends her best to all of our friends and volunteers at Bluffton Self Help. …

  • Inspired Local Artist Captures BSH Founder Story on Canvas

    August 7, 2012

    BSH showcases work of art at Bluffton Self Help on Monday, August 13

    Bluffton, SC -On Monday, August 13 at 11 am, Bluffton Self Help’s board of directors hosted a special ceremony. A …

  • Ida Martin added to Bluffton’s Wall of Honor

    April 9, 2012

    Ida Martin has received many honors through the years, including the Presidential Citizens Medal and her unforgettable hug from Barack Obama.

    The founder of Bluffton Self Help received another accolade Tuesday, when she was added to the Wall of Honor at …

  • Ida Martin receives coveted award at COC Banquet

    April 2, 2012

    Ida Martin, along with her long time friend Betsy Daughtie of Deep Well, received the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship award by the Chamber of Commerce at their annual ball …

  • Martin gets medal — and hug — from commander-in-chief

    October 21, 2011

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  • Ida Martin Gets Her Hug from President Obama

    October 21, 2011


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