THE CAYCE DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY will be accepting donations of nonperishable food items at headquarters and Cayce City Hall during the month of May. Law enforcement officers and firefighters will collect food from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations: BI-LO, 300 Knox Abbott Drive; Reid’s Grocery, 2245 Charleston Highway; and Piggly Wiggly, 3040 Charleston Highway. The food drive will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank.
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; 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. The Red Cross Columbia donation center is at 2751 Bull St. (800) 733-2767; http://www.redcrossblood.org/sc
RICHLAND COUNTY is offering its free discount prescription card. Since 2006, the county has saved residents more than $600,000 on prescription medications. The card is accepted at most pharmacies and is available of all county residents regardless of age or income. The cards may be picked up at Richland Library branches. (803) 576-2062; http://www.rcgov.us
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.
A YARD SALE TO BENEFIT DAVID HOCKEMEIER JR. will be 8 a.m.-noon May 25 at the American Legion Post 7 Hut, 311 American Legion Drive (off Harmon Street in Lexington). Accepting donations of household items 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 22 and 23 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24. David, a 33-year-old single father and veteran, suffered a stroke, and his medical and other funds will run out this month. Funds and donations will be used for David’s ongoing medical and rehabilitation expenses. Monetary donations may be mailed to American Legion Post 7, in care of Treasurer Fred Sons, P.O. Box 421, Lexington, SC 29071-0421. Make checks payable to American Legion Post 7 and put Medical Expenses for D. Hockemeier in the notes line. (803) 359-1278
FILL THE RED TRUCKS with pet supplies for The Animal Mission and the City of Columbia Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday. Trucks will be at the corner of Heyward and Holly streets, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days; City of Columbia Animal Shelter, 127 Humane Lane, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days (pet adoptions available, too); and the Soda City Farmers Market, 1500 block of Main Street, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday only. The City Shelter appreciates donations of dog or cat food, blankets, leashes, 25-100-ft. garden hoses, spray nozzles, pump tank sprayers, kennels and towels, paper towels and cat toys. The Animal Mission welcomes monetary donations of any size (checks may be made out to The Animal Mission). All donations go toward the organization’s spay and neuter initiatives. Volunteers will distribute vouchers for free spay/neuter surgeries as the red trucks are filled. http://www.animalmission.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 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 http://www.richlandone.org.
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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