Several area groups and agencies have launched efforts to help others this holiday season. Here are some opportunities for residents to get involved.
The Lexington Police Department is serving as a Toys for Tots collection point again this season. The department is accepting toys along with food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items through Dec. 20 at the department’s offices in the Lexington Municipal Complex at 111 Maiden Lane (behind the Old Court House).
Donors also can bring donations to the SWAT van at the Walmart at 5556 Sunset Blvd. and the K-Mart at 748 Main St. in Lexington.
All toys will go to the Midlands Toys for Tots Campaign.
For more information and a list of specific drop-off times for the SWAT van, contact Lt. Matt Davis of the department’s Special Operations Division at (803) 359-6260.
Richland 1 and the City of Columbia are holding a food drive through Dec. 14 for Harvest Hope Food Bank to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Collection barrels are at the front of every school and all district administrative buildings.
Monetary donations also are being accepted and checks should be made out to the Harvest Hope Food Bank.
The district hopes to break last year’s collection total of more than 13,500 pounds of food.
For more information, contact Student Nutrition Services at (803) 231-6953.
Batesburg-Leesville High School’s FFA chapter is accepting donations for its Christmas For Critters drive. The chapter is collecting the items to be given to the Newberry County Animal Shelter.
Needed items include cleaning supplies, bleach, liquid laundry detergent, dish detergent, Fabuloso, disinfecting wipes, sponges, all-purpose cleaners, pine/cedar shavings, towels, dish clothes, rags, blankets and animal treats and supplies.
The drop-off deadline is Dec. 7.
To donate, contact Libby Templeton at (803) 532-9251.
Palmetto Health and the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation are co-sponsoring “The Giving Tree” for sickle-cell patients and their siblings.
Residents can bring new, unwrapped toys for children from birth through age 16 to the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, 1420 Gregg St., Columbia, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays.
The drop-off deadline is Dec. 10.
For more information or to have items picked up, call the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation at (803) 765-9916.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is accepting monetary donations, nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for its annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive.
The donations will be distributed by Harvest Hope Food Bank and the Salvation Army to Lexington County families who need assistance.
The donations can be dropped off at Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road and other Sheriff’s Department offices.