Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, May 3

May 3, 2013 

20101007 Fundraisers




TAKE TIME FOR a Prom Night Makeover on May 10 and 11 at Remington College-Columbia Campus, 607 Bush River Road. The school is offering complimentary student salon services for local high school students headed to prom. Services include updos, manicures, pedicures and makeup for girls; haircuts for guys. Call (803) 214-9090 for an appointment.

THE DRYCLEANING AND LAUNDRY INSTITUTE has launched a wire hanger recycling campaign, reusing as many as possible and sending all unusable hangers to a recycling agent. Local folks may drop off unwanted wire hangers at any Ed Robinson Laundry & Dry Cleaning location – 4903 Forest Drive, 800 Sparkleberry Lane, 317 Royal Tower Drive, Irmo, and 1615 N. Beltline Blvd.

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;

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 or pick up a card at Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St.


THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN to benefit South Carolina Special Olympics will start at 8 a.m. Friday; the eight-mile run will leave the South Carolina Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, to the State House where the Flame of Hope will be presented. Officers with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies will participate.

FASHION FIGHTING POVERTY celebrity boutique and online-auction to benefit the Cooperative Ministry will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Bidding is open for brand new, gently used and unique items donated by celebrities and dignitaries at http://www.biddingforgood/ffp. The Cooperative Ministry’s mission is to help lift people out of poverty and put them on the path to achieve the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.

FELICIA’S DANCE 4LIFE, a line-dance fundraising party will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Polo Road Park, 730 Polo Road; $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit Felicia Robinson, who has sickle-cell disease and needs a kidney transplant. (803) 360-5923

RESTORATION RANCH 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. May 11 at the Bethel Worship Center, 812 Fair St., Camden. Walk/run, $25; Run for Mom, $35 (includes special T-shirt); kids fun run, $10. Register at Proceeds will benefit Restoration Ranch orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Information at

DREAM RIDERS BENEFIT HORSE SHOW, a Mid-State Circuit open show, gets underway at 9 a.m. May 11 (registration begins at 8 a.m.) at the Red Bank Arena, 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington. Classes consist of English, jumping, Western, halter and gaited horse; $7 class fee, negative Coggins required. A concession stand will be on site. All proceeds will benefit Dream Riders, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) program in Lexington; sponsorships available.


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.


RICHLAND 1 is seeking organizations to serve as designated sites where children can go this summer to get a free lunch. Churches, community centers, city and county parks, nonprofit agencies and summer programs that would like to serve as meal sites for the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program are encouraged to apply. Lunches and snacks will be provided June 3-Aug. 16. Registration and orientation sessions for program participants will be held at 2 p.m. Fridays through May 31 at the Richland 1 Central Kitchen, 1224 Whitney St. Applications available at

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. Tuesday at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. For more information, call (803) 545-3093 or email

CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email

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;

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

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

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