THE TAYLOR COTHRAN ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at USCs Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St. Sponsored by Taylors Helping Hands and the Theta Delta Chi fraternity at USC, the blood drive is a celebration of Taylors life, a USC freshman who died in 2007 after a fall from his dormitory window. Taylors Helping Hands is an organization founded to reach out to those in pain and in need. To schedule a donor appointment, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Gamecocks. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift cards.
COLONIAL LIFE has awarded the Healing Families Foundation with a gift of $2,000 for recovery scholarships. The Recovery Scholarship Fund was created in 2012 to help indigent clients, who successfully complete their plan of care for substance abuse and addiction treatment, pay for the services they receive from the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (LRADAC). http://www.healingfamiliesfoundation.org
PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES (PAALS) has launched its new V.I.P. program, Veterans Important PAALS, and is looking for interested local service members and veterans. The program will incorporate qualified rescue dogs that have been obedience-trained by Prison PAALS members to go to service members and veterans (at no charge) in need of a safe, loyal, well-behaved companion. Two dogs are available for immediate placement with more becoming available on a regular basis. PAALS already places service dogs with soldiers and veterans with combat-related injuries, whether they aid them mentally or physically. Some of the PAALS service dogs in training do not meet all of the requirements for a full-fledged service dog, so the V.I.P. program was created to place these dogs as companions. (803) 788-7063; http://www.paals.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 to make a recovery. During the month of April, blood and platelet donors at the Columbia donation center will be entered in a drawing to win a one-year anytime membership to the EdVenture Childrens Museum. The anytime membership entitles two named adults and all children or all grandchildren in the same household free unlimited admission every day of the week including free admission to special themed events. The membership includes four one-time-use guest passes and discounts on programming and Camp EdVenture. The Red Cross Columbia donation center is at 2751 Bull St. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 30 at 1410 N. Millwood Ave. Each multi-point inspection takes about 30 minutes. Participants will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service adviser. Call (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment; drop-ins are also welcome.
THE CITY OF CAYCE is participating in the free prescription discount card program for residents. The program, sponsored by the National League of Cities, saves city residents an average of 23 percent off the retail price of prescription medications. To obtain a card (good for the whole family), go to http://www.caremark.com/nic or pick up a card at Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St.
THE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, Lexington Environmental Health Services and local veterinarians are sponsoring two rabies clinics Saturday. The first will be held at the Batesburg-Leesville Animal Hospital, 432 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville, from 1-3 p.m.; the second will be 4-5 p.m. at the IGA, 4760 Augusta Highway, Gilbert. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier. Vaccination fees may vary by clinic location, not to exceed $10 per pet.
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.
LAW ENFORCEMENT has taken to the skies in Five Points. Officers from the Bureau of Protective Services, S.C. Highway Patrol and USC Campus Police are on the roof of the Chick-fil-A, 901 Harden St. from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. today and 6 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Drop by and make a donation to support the 22,036 Special Olympics athletes in our state.
SUPPORT THE CHAPIN LIONS CLUB by reserving a 10-pound bag of Vidalia onions for $10. The onions will be available in late April or early May. John Hossenlopp will be glad to take your order at (803) 917-5724, as will any Chapin Lions Club member.
CAROLINA WILDLIFE CARE BABY SHOWER: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 and 1-4 pm. April 14 at 5551 Bush River Road. Behind the scenes tour of the wildlife center, wildlife programs, guest speakers on nature topics, eggs and nest displays, arts and education shelter and wildlife ambassador education animals. Free, but a monetary or wildlife care donations are welcome. Supplies include apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Cheerios, brown rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and sardines, Purina Indoor cat food, paper towels (not select-a-size), garbage bags and scent -free laundry detergent. http://www.carolinawildlifecare.org
PALMETTO THRIFT STORE & GIFT BOUTIQUE needs donations. Businesses are invited to hold a clothing drive for the store. A pizza lunch will be provided for employees who would like to participate in the donation drive. A van will be set up in your parking lot and tax receipts and store coupons will be furnished to those who donate. The store specializes in gently used clothing, housewares and furniture items. They also have a line of new jewelry and childrens hair bows in their boutique. Palmetto Thrift supports Childrens Chance, an organization that raises money to fund programs to meet the emotional, psychological and financial needs of childhood cancer patients and their families; 50 percent of the profits will be donated to Childrens Chance. Call (803) 750-6858 if you would like to help out.
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service, is seeking groups or individuals to host a baby show to help a baby and mother with much needed items such as: baby wash and lotion, crib sheets and blankets, disposable diapers, wipes and ointments, infant gowns, sleepers and maternity clothes. All donations, new or gently used, are tax deductible. Birthright does not accept car seats, cribs or other furniture. (803) 781-7457
ZOOBOT is partnering with Pawmetto Lifeline this school year (ZooBot is the school of zoological and biological sciences at Longleaf Middle School). Supplies needed include: paper towels, high efficiency laundry detergent, bleach, tall kitchen trash bags, 39-gallon trash bags, hand sanitizer, Zip-Lock storage bags (gallon and quart sizes), printer/copier paper, towels, rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, distilled water, stamps, cleaning products (Lysol, Mr. Clean, Clorox wipes, etc.) and office supplies (pens, tape, paper clips, etc.). Donations may be dropped off 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays at 1160 Longgreen Parkway.
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator at (803) 794-4141 or email email@example.com
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS TO MIDLANDS is looking for adult volunteers to provide leadership opportunities to local Girl Scouts in Richland and Lexington counties. No experience is necessary, training is free. (803) 461-3737, (803) 461-3736; http://www.gssc-mm.org
SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of reliable folks to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with the feeding of several cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus they have plenty of adoptable cats. (803) 794-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDO DOG RESCUE is looking for volunteer foster families to care for rescued dogs until they find permanent homes. (803) 796-2390
THE IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION is seeking volunteers ages 18 and older to become nature interpreters at Saluda Shoals Park. Nature interpreters interact with and educate park guests in the Wetlands Preserve. Volunteers meet at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for training. No experience necessary; retirees welcome. Jeanette Wells, (803) 213-2051