BI-LO GROCERY STORES are hosting the annual PAWS “Feed the Love” campaign, a pet food drive in which food donations go to local area food banks for families in need to provide food for the four-legged members of their families. Nationally, approximately seven million pets are surrendered to shelters each year due to the inability of the owners to pay for food. Shoppers may purchase a $5 bag of pet food with their BI-LO Bonus Card and the food will be delivered to the store’s food bank partner for distribution. The bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, BI-LO’s brand of cat and dog food.
THE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, Lexington Environmental Health Services and Dr. Wagner of the Batesburg-Leesville Animal Hospital are sponsoring two rabies clinics Saturday. The first will be held at First Citizens Bank, 129 N. Pine St. in Batesburg from 1-2:30 p.m.; the second will be 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Celebrations, 6704 Augusta Highway, Leesville. 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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA will hold a motorcycle benefit run for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund on Saturday and Sunday. The 600-mile statewide run will raise money for the scholarship fund through pledges for every mile each rider completes as well as donations from area businesses. The run will start Saturday morning in Little River; first top is in Hemingway; then to Sumter and on to North Augusta. After an overnight stay, riders will head to Greenville, Rock Hill and wind up at the State House at 5 p.m. Sunday for a rally featuring Maj. Gen Robert Livingston, the adjutant general of the S.C. National Guard; U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. The scholarship fund helps children who have had a parent die while on active military service since Sept. 11, 2001. (803) 360-3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PALMS GRILL & BAR, 612 Wilson Road, Newberry, will host an oyster roast benefitting St. Paul Lutheran Church of Pomaria, 4-11 p.m. Saturday. Chicken bog will also be available. Tickets are $20, includes live music and children’s activities; no coolers please. The church, which recently celebrated its 250th anniversary, was destroyed by fire on Jan. 10. http://www.stpaulpomaria.com
GORE SALON will hold a benefit for Karee and Eston Richardson from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 100 Hunter Village Drive, Irmo. Karee, a stylist at the salon, and her husband welcomed their daughter Lexi into the world July 2012. Shortly after birth, Lexi was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Dystrophy and passed away in December. The medical bills and funeral costs piled up, and the young couple was unable to work while caring for their child. Fundraiser will feature $25 dry haircuts, Chinese auction, music, face painting and balloon art. (803) 781-4515
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.
THE 701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART is accepting items for the 701 CCA Great Garage Sale schedule for April 24-27. Donations may be dropped off at 701 Whaley St., second floor, noon-2 pm. and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, or you can call (803) 319-9949 to make an appointment.
THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, Lexington-Richland District 5 and Lexington District 2 will accept donations through Monday of bottled water, sports drinks and single-serving snacks to be delivered to the USO for distribution to members of the U.S. Armed Forces while they are at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Donations may be dropped off at any school in the two districts and the Lexington County North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive.
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 children’s hair bows in their boutique. Palmetto Thrift supports Children’s 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 Children’s 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 shower 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.
CREATIVE JOURNEY, a program designed to provide arts activities to the Wounded Warrior Unit at Fort Jackson, is recruiting volunteer artists to help with the various arts projects. Many of these soldiers have brain injuries and the activities are designed to aid them in their recovery process by having them focus on other activities. All materials used in the program will be supplied. What each artist needs to supply is willingness to help, volunteered time and a compassionate spirit. Mandatory orientation is slated for 6-7:30 p.m. May 7 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. For more information, call (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com.
THE SPRING USMC ULTIMATE CHALLENGE MUD RUN will be held April 27 at The Leatherneck, State Road S-9-41, Gaston. Volunteers may work a morning or an afternoon shift; super volunteers will work 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Opportunities for volunteers age 18 and older (ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult) range from helping with registration to handing out T-shirts and water. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation, the run supports local Marines, helping families of those wounded or killed in action and funding scholarships in memory of Marines who gave their lives defending our freedom. (803) 733-2511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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