Community Helping Hands

A holiday salute to armed forces

brantin@thestate.comDecember 10, 2012 

A patriotic display will greet service men and women at this year's Holiday Lights on the River.


The Saluda Shoals Foundation is helping brighten the holidays for servicemen and women at Fort Jackson.

The foundation has donated 200 passes to soldiers for this year’s Holiday Lights on the River, which continues through Dec. 31.

“Honoring our military is a tradition for us at Saluda Shoals Park,” said Saluda Shoals Foundation director, Dolly Patton.

The annual drive-through holiday lights display includes millions of lights throughout the park. A patriotic area including the Statue of Liberty, logos of the various branches of the armed services and the Liberty Bell was added in recent years.

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to expand this recognition by offering servicemen and women a way to celebrate the season with their families and friends,” Patton said.

The nonprofit Saluda Shoals Foundation is dedicated to supporting Saluda Shoals Park and preserving the environment through financial contributions and advocacy.

Holiday Lights on the River runs from 6-10 p.m. daily. Admission is $10 per car, $20 per 15-passenger van and $35 per bus.

A tractor trailer filled with care

La-Z-Boy recently delivered a tractor trailer filled with furniture to Good Samaritan Family Thrift Store, a ministry of Oliver Gospel Mission, as part of its annual benefit trade-in sale.

Since the trade-in program began in 2006, La-Z-Boy has collected more than $100,000 for local charities and delivered 50 tractor-trailer loads of gently used merchandise to support charities in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Make it A white Christmas

Oliver Gospel Mission is seeking various white items to help stock the mission.

Needed items include toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, socks, men’s underwear, copy paper, 8 oz. Styrofoam cups, salt, sugar, all-purpose flour, rice, washcloths, bath towels, kitchen towels, shaving cream, toothpaste, travel size soap.

Donations can be dropped off at the mission at 1110 Taylor St., Columbia. Monetary donations also are welcome and can be mailed to the Oliver Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 7791, Columbia, SC 29202.

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