Community Helping Hands

The Cinderella Project sends them to the ball in style

brantin@ thestate.comFebruary 13, 2013 

Donations are being accepted for the area’s annual Cinderella Project.

The outreach provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses for young women who don’t have the financial resources to buy a gown for their high school proms.

Clean dresses in all sizes, as well as evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories, are needed. Donations are being accepted through Feb. 23 and can be dropped off at the following Columbia-area locations:

•  M Boutique, 702 Cross Hill Road, Suite 400A, Columbia

•  Revente, 737 Saluda Ave., Columbia

•  Richardson Plowden, 1900 Barnwell St., Columbia

•  Rogers Townsend, 220 Executive Center Drive, Columbia

• WLTX-TV, 6027 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia

•  Lexington Chamber of Commerce, 321 S. Lake Drive, Lexington

•  Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo

•  Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin

•  West Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1006 12th St., Cayce

Girls in the community will be allowed to “shop” for dresses at no cost from 9 a.m.- noon March 2 at the USC School of Law, 701 Main St., Columbia. Girls from all area schools are invited and must bring their student IDs.

The Cinderella Project is put on by S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter.

Education grants

The Sparkleberry Country Fair recently presented $15,348 in grants to 20 Richland 2 teachers to fund various projects and initiatives at 13 district schools.

The grants funded the purchase of such things as e-readers for English students and in-class bakeries for math students.

Blythewood High School will use the funds for its Bengal Backpacks program, which puts healthy snacks and recipes into backpacks on the weekends for low-income and homeless students.

The 18th Annual Sparkleberry Country Fair will be April 26-27 at the Sandhill Research and Education Center across from the Village at Sandhill. All proceeds benefit Richland 2 students through grants and scholarships.

Fighting hunger

Twelve northwest Columbia businesses recently collected 554 pounds of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank during the holiday season.

The companies, all in the Westpark office park off of Fernandina Road, collected the food during a drive at the Columbia Conference Center.

Participating businesses include Carolina Endodontics, Center for Behavioral Health, Columbia Conference Center, Crop Production Services, DuBose Web Group, The Evaluation Group, GWA Inc. Electrical Engineers, Power Engineering Co. Inc., Research Associates, South Carolina High School League, South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and UnitedHealthcare.

The companies are part of a community service coalition. Any businesses interested in joining the coalition may contact DuBose Web Group at (803) 750-9321 or Columbia Conference Center at (803) 772-9811.

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