COLUMBIA, SC — Area residents are being urged to start their spring cleaning early and donate to charity this weekend.
The West Metro Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual “Good Deed Friday: Spring Cleaning for Charity” drive Friday to collect household items for area charities.
Between 8 a.m.-2 p.m., items can be dropped off at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia.
Needed items include clothing, furniture, toys, sporting and exercise equipment, blankets and other bedding, electronics, pet items and non-perishable food items.
The donated items will benefit Babcock Center, Dickerson Center for Children, Lexington Interfaith Community Services, Chris Myers Place, Cayce Public Safety Foundation Animal Shelter and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Representatives from each of the charities will be available to discuss their missions.
“Good Deed Friday: Spring Cleaning for Charity” was created by The Ambassadors of The West Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2008 to help local charities gather donations at the start of spring.
For more information visit www.goodeedfriday.org.
Battle of the Bells
Dutch Fork Air Force JROTC students were winners of the 2012 Salvation Army High School Battle of the Bells competition.
Seven area schools raised $6,178.52 while ringing bells Dec. 8 at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores across the Midlands to raise funds to help local people in need.
The Dutch Fork students collected $1,481 in donations to lead. The school received The Battle of the Bells trophy recently during a ceremony.
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School finished second with $1,202 and the White Knoll National Honor Society was third with $899.
Other participants included Columbia High JROTC, A.C. Flora High JROTC, Hammond School, and Cardinal Newman High School National Honor Society.
“We are grateful for the volunteer support that students and staff from Dutch Fork and all of the participating schools provide us during the busy holiday season,” said Maj. Roger Coulson, regional coordinator/corps officer at The Salvation Army of the Midlands.
Making wishes come true
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, county public safety agencies and Lexington 1 recently donated $7,684 to the Make A Wish Foundation.
The donation was made with proceeds from the fourth annual Battle of the Badges charity basketball game and dinner earlier this month at Gilbert High School. The event included a basketball game that pitted sheriff’s deputies against Lexington County Fire Service and county Emergency Medical Services personnel.
This year’s donation will be used to grant 4-year-old Chapin youth John Michael’s wish to go to Disney World. The youngster is battling a brain tumor.