Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, Feb. 8

February 8, 2013 

GOOD NEIGHBORS

ST. ANDREWS ARBOR DAY COMMITTEE will hold a major cleanup Saturday and needs some willing workers. The committee was formed to enhance the areas not covered by the Irmo Arbor Day Committee, specifically St. Andrews Road from the town limits to I-26, Piney Grove Road from St. Andrews Road to I-26 and Old Bush River Road from St. Andrews Road to Lake Murray Boulevard. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at Seven Oaks Park in the parking lot closest to the tennis courts. Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide vests, bags, some work gloves and grabbers. If you can help, email spicegirl1@sc.rr.com so there will be enough supplies.

SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH ADVOCATE PROGRAM, a licensed nonprofit child placing agency, is looking for dedicated adults to provide safe, nurturing homes for young people in foster care. For information on becoming a foster parent, call (800) 882-5513 or email tbradley@scyap.com.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL winter shelter, 110-A. E. DeKalb St., Camden, is available for overnight stays when the nightly temperature is forecast to be 36 degrees or colder. Cots, linens and blankets are provided, as are a light supper, snacks and a light breakfast; showers and laundry facilities are offered. Shelter guidelines include a 7:30 p.m. arrival, consent to bag search and intake interview and a signed contract regarding behavior and disciplinary procedures. (803) 236-7626

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 info, call (877) 422-7239 or go to http://www.safy.org

BE A REALLY GOOD NEIGHBOR by donating whole blood or platelets. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The American Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc

FUNDRAISERS

A FUNDRAISER FOR THE ANTHONY DOVE FAMILY will be held 3-10 p.m. Feb. 16 at Al’s Music Barn, 1282 Longtown Road, Lugoff. Anthony was injured in an automobile accident in September and has been hospitalized ever since. After the accident he suffered a stroke, is unable to speak and is fed through a feeding tube. Anthony and his wife have two children. The event will feature live music, bake sale and pulled pork and hot dog plates with chips, cookie and soda. Pork plates are $7; hot dog plates are $5. Monetary donations may be mailed to the Dove Family Fundraiser, P.O. Box 778, Ridgeway, SC 29130 or deposited at First Citizens Bank in Lugoff, Blythewood or Ridgeway. (803) 754-2780; (803) 337-2346

HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK is presenting an opportunity to express your love to those closest to you and compassion for those struggling with hunger. Valentine’s Day cards are available in packs of 10 for $10. Each card shows your love and encourages others to give a gift of $5 to help feed families in 20 S.C. counties. Harvest Hope can provide five meals for every dollar donated, so your $10 pack of Valentine’s greetings can result in as many as 300 meals. (803) 254-4432, ext. 1140 or email bsmoak@harvesthope.org.

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