COLUMBIA, SC — Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Backpack program received a significant boost from Lexington Medical Center this week.
The hospital donated $30,000 to the food bank’s backpack programs at Sandhills, Batesburg-Leesville and Forts Pond elementary schools. The donation will allow the food bank to provide meals for 60 children throughout the year.
Harvest Hope’s Backpack program provides a backpack with easy-to-prepare, kid friendly food for children to take home from school on Fridays and make meals to last through the weekend.
Last year, Harvest Hope’s children’s feeding programs served 451,272 meals to 20,232 children through children’s feeding sites in the Midlands, Pee Dee, Greater Greenville area, marking a 25 percent increase over the previous year. Lexington Medical Center also donated $30,000 to the Backpack program last February.
Vests for officers
The Palmetto Boxing Association has taken another stand for law enforcement.
The group recently presented vouchers to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department to purchase two ballistic vests as well as the Columbia Police Department to buy three vests.
The vests cost about $650 each and must be replaced every five years. Each vest donation relieves the financial burden on a law enforcement agency.
The Palmetto Boxing Association purchased the vouchers with proceeds from last year’s Metro Madness 2 boxing competition at the Township Auditorium.
Ballistic vests are designed to limit injuries if an officer is shot in the upper torso.
“The donation of vouchers to buy ballistic vests for deputies reflects the strong support for law enforcement that we enjoy from the business community,” said Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.
Supporters of Ken Stevenson will hold a Zumbathon Illumiate Jan. 26 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church to support the Columbia man who is awaiting a lifesaving transplant.
The average lung/kidney transplant costs more than $1 million and the 49-year-old Stevenson, who is battling end-stage renal failure, faces significant additional expenses related to the surgery.
“Ken wants nothing more than to spend many more years with (his wife) Jessie, watching their daughters grow up,” said Laura Hughes, fundraising consultant with the National Foundation for Transplants. “At NFT, we want to help him do just that. We want to make sure they raise the funds he needs, so he can focus on his health and his family, not the medical bills.”
The Zumbathon will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 26, at the church, 9300 Farrow Road. The event will include water and fruit. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For tickets, call (803) 760-8400.