THE LOWER RICHLAND BRANCH OF THE NAACP will hold its scholarship awards ceremony for college students at 5 p.m. March 24 at Zion Damascus Baptist Church #2, 6701 Bluff Road, Hopkins. Guest speaker will be the Rev. J.S. Hall.
LEXINGTON’S RACE AGAINST HUNGER raised $35,186.14 for distribution to Lexington’s Interfaith Community Services (LICS), Souper Bowl of Caring, World Vision, Oliver Gospel Missions and Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS). A food drive headed by Lexington United Methodist Church netted 856 pounds of food.
THE S.C. PEANUT BOARD donated more than 1,000 jars of peanut butter to Harvest Hope Food Bank to help commemorate March as National Peanut Month. Of course, the peanut butter was made from S.C. grown peanuts.
PAWMETTO LIFELINE, 1275 Bower Parkway, is offering free spay and neuter surgeries, rabies vaccinations and microchipping to pets of residents in the Richland County ZIP codes 29044, 29052 and the Lexington County ZIP of 29123; proof of address required. Proof of rabies vaccination is required; if your pet is not up-to-date, rabies vaccinations are $9 at the time of surgery. Spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as 8-10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The program is sponsored by PetSmart Charities. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.pawmettolifeline.org or call (803) 465-9100.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A CHICKEN DINNER BARBECUE will be held from noon-6 p.m. March 22 at Platt Springs United Methodist Church, 3215 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. Dinners are $10 and include grilled chicken, slaw, beans and rolls. Proceeds will benefit Cindy’s Place, a joint-use initiative to transform a school playground (Springdale Elementary) into a community outdoor fitness park for people of all abilities. Advance tickets available at Springdale Town Hall, Discount Tire of West Columbia and Springdale Elementary School.
BOJANGLES has kicked off its 12th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy in-store fundraiser to send kids to MDA Summer Camp. Through Sunday, customers may support the Muscular Dystrophy Association by purchasing a green shamrock for $1; gold shamrocks are $5 (plus you get a coupon for a free Bo-Berry biscuit).
LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DEPUTIES are working in partnership with Lexington 1 and Glenforest School head basketball coach William Knopf to collect new pairs of athletic shoes in sizes appropriate for youth and older teens as part of the Barefoot for Bare Feet Movement. Shoes collected by the Sheriff’s Department will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to children worldwide. Drop-off points (through March 24) include the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; South Region Service Center, 102 Airport Road, Pelion; West Region Headquarters, 4079-B Augusta Highway, Gilbert; Lexington High School, 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington; and Lexington Technology Center, 2421 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Code Enforcement Officer Ty Haigler is coordinating the Sheriff’s Department participation; call him at (803) 223-1776.