COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

A first class food drive in the Midlands

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306May 10, 2013 

Midlands residents and others across the state are being asked to make special deliveries of their own this weekend to help fight hunger.

Harvest Hope Food Bank is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive again Saturday. The annual drive provides hunger relief for people struggling to put food on their tables. The food collected locally will support people in 20 South Carolina counties.

Saturday, residents are encouraged to leave sturdy bags of non-perishable foods beside their mailboxes before their regular mail pickup. Letter carriers will pick up the food donations as they deliver the mail, and Harvest Hope staff and volunteers will collect the donations from area post offices.

“We hope the community comes together again to put their food out for the carriers to pick up on Saturday and help us gather even more food this year,” said Harvest Hope CEO Denise Holland.

Needed items include canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, cereal or peanut butter.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. The annual campaign is one of Harvest Hope’s biggest drives of the year. Last year’s drive collected more than 225,950 pounds of food for Harvest Hope and provided more than 130,000 meals in the Midlands, nearly 43,000 meals in the Pee Dee, and more than 120,000 meals in the Upstate.

Power of the Purse

Women in Philanthropy will host its 10th annual Power of the Purse charity event May 16 at the Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St.

The silent and live auction will feature handbags donated by businesses and individuals from around the Midlands, and there will be food and cocktails.

Proceeds will support various causes that help women and children in the Midlands area. Most recently, Women in Philanthropy grants supported child literacy, healthcare services for uninsured, low-income individuals, and mentoring and life skills education for at-risk children and teens.

The Power of the Purse event will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 16. Admission is $40 per person and corporate sponsorships also are available. Registration can be completed on line at womeninphilanthropy

.com/events.

A gift to the community

Colonial Life awarded nearly $130,000 in charitable grants to nonprofit organizations in the community in the first quarter of the year.

Local organizations receiving the grants included American Red Cross Central S.C. Chapter, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Columbia City Ballet, Columbia Museum of Art, Cultural Council of Richland & Lexington Counties, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands S.C., Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Palmetto Health Foundation, Saluda Shoals Foundation, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Riverbanks Region.

“We’re pleased to support organizations that are truly improving the quality of life for residents in the Midlands of South Carolina,” said Kara Addy, Colonial Life assistant vice president for branding and communications.

Colonial Life granted more than $700,000 to nonprofit organizations in 2012 as part of its charitable giving efforts.

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