THE FOOD LION CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has donated $4,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank to sponsor the BackPack children’s feeding program at Doby’s Mill Elementary School. The donation will provide 3,738 easy-to-prepare, child-friendly meals for students to take home on Fridays to supplement their nutritional needs through the weekend.
BE A REALLY GOOD NEIGHBOR by donating whole blood or platelets. The American Red Cross S.C. Blood Services Region has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all types. (800) 722-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS: Fresh produce through August, from S.C. family farms. Saturdays: Ascension Lutheran Church, 827 Wildwood Ave., 8-11 a.m.; Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, 8 a.m.-noon; Christopher Towers, 1805 Devine St., 9 a.m.-noon; Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd., 8 a.m.-noon; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 3707 Moss Ave., 8 a.m.-noon; Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., 8 a.m.-noon; St. Mark UMC, 3200 Lyles St., 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Virginia Wingard UMC, 1500 Broad River Road, 8 a.m.-noon; Washington Street UMC, 1401 Washington St. Sundays: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., 8 a.m.-noon; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2701 Heyward St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays: S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull St., 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays: Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays: Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St., 8 a.m.-noon; Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road, 8 a.m.-noon; The Carolina Apartments, 3201 Meadowlark Drive, noon-2 p.m.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL, a ministry that provides meals to the hungry and temporary emergency shelter and services for the homeless in Kershaw County, is in need of the following items: paper towels, hand sanitizer, liquid antibacterial hand soap, men’s and women’s deodorants, liquid laundry detergent and bleach, disposable plates (101/2-inch) and disposable cups (12-oz.). Monetary donations are welcome, too. Donations may be dropped off 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at 110 E. DeKalb St., Camden. (803) 432-4771; http://www.foodforthesoulkc.org
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE for the Salvation Army/Nancy Moore Thurmond Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is being conducted through Sept. 15. Supplies may be dropped off at the following Staples stores, 281 Park Terrace Drive (Harbison), 2746 Decker Blvd. and 4464 Devine St. http://www.staplesforstudents.org
PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL is in need of stuffed animals for its pediatric patients. The animals will be given to patients and later taken home with the children. Because of infection control guidelines and respiratory illnesses, stuffed animals must be new and store-bought. If you are interested in giving, call Allison Jones at (803) 434-2151.