A COAT, HAT AND GLOVES drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy is slated for 4-6 p.m. Friday. Gently used coats, hats and gloves may be dropped off at Chick-fil-A in Lexington, Sumter (Sumter Mall) and Columbia (Two Notch Road location), Capital City Ambulance, 2405 Two Notch Road, Office Depot on Two Notch Road, Lugoff Ford, Belk of Camden and Carolina Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, U.S. 1, Lugoff. (803) 556-6667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RE-USE FOR CHARITY, an opportunity to recycle items for a worthy cause, will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 100 Polo Road. Donate old eyeglasses and hearing aids to the Lions Club; Oliver Gospel Mission needs gently used clothing for men, women and children, travel size toiletries, toys and kitchen items; Sistercare can use non-perishable food, blankets, linens and bed sheets in good condition and cell phones (any condition); the Humane Society needs old blankets and linens for bedding, dog and cat food, treats, collars, leashes and toys; and non-perishable food items, styrofoam egg cartons and plastic grocery bags are welcome at Harvest Hope Food Bank. The event is sponsored by the Environmental Ministry. (803) 788-0811
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Monday through Nov. 19; collection dates for gift-filled shoeboxes to be sent to more than 100 countries to children living in areas of war, poverty, disease and natural disaster. Go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ or call (803) 787-2133 for local sites and hours.
GIFT OF WARMTH: Coat giveaway for children and adults, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 17 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 4646 Hard Scrabble Road. One coat per person; you must be present to receive a coat. (803) 786-6307, (803) 699-8382
THE HOME REPAIRS COMMITTEE of the Kershaw County Housing Partnership was formed to help low-income homeowners and families maintain their homes. Applications for home repairs may be made by calling (803) 432-0951 or visiting the United Way of Kershaw County, 110 E. DeKalb St., Camden.
SPECIALIZED ALTERNATIVES FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH (SAFY) is a nonprofit agency that recruits, trains and supports families to be effective advocates for children in therapeutic foster care. Committed and caring individuals are needed to temporarily provide children with safe, nurturing homes. Classes start soon. For information on becoming a foster parent, call (877) 422-7239 or go to http://www.safy.org
BURRITOS 4 EPWORTH: Today through Sunday at all Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in Columbia (Downtown/USC, Forest Acres, West Columbia, Irmo, Lexington and Village at Sandhill), all burritos on the menu will be $4 and Moe’s will donate $2 to Epworth Children’s Home for every burrito purchased. Go to http://www.facebook.com/moescolumbia for hours and locations.