Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, May 24

May 24, 2013 

20101007 Fundraisers



FREE PRODUCE VOUCHERS will be distributed to qualified Richland County low-income seniors 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church, Farrow Road and West Beltline Blvd.; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Blvd. The vouchers are part of a program through the S.C. Department of Agriculture and may be used at the Seeds of Hope Farmers Markets; one of which will be at Grace UMC June 1-Aug. 31. (803) 732-1899

LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1989 is sponsoring a multi-year reunion Wildcat Walk and live auction, Come Back to Give Back, June 15. The day begins with the 2- or 5-mile Wildcat Walk, 9 a.m.-noon at Lexington Middle School, 702 N. Lake Drive. $10; participants who register before June 1 will receive a T-shirt. The Give Back live auction and social will be 8 a.m.-midnight at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Open to Lexington High graduates from 1975-1981 and one guest, the event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, DJ and a cash bar. Auction items include vacations, sports tickets (USC and Clemson), a Wayne Rogers print and a backyard barbecue from Hudson’s. $45 per person in advance; $50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Lexington 1 Educational Foundation. (803) 269-4368;

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;

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;

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;

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 FOURTH ANNUAL COPS AND CALABASH FUNDRAISER for South Carolina Special Olympics will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Fatz Restaurant, 942 E. Main St., Lexington. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Lexington Police Department officers will be working as servers and will donate any cash left at their tables to Special Olympics, customers may also make specific donations for Special Olympics during the fundraiser.

A YARD SALE TO BENEFIT DAVID HOCKEMEIER JR. will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the American Legion Post 7 Hut, 311 American Legion Drive (off Harmon Street in Lexington). Accepting donations of household items 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Hockemeier, 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

SPECIAL MAGIC FOR SPECIAL KIDS, a performance by magician John Tudor, will be 3-5 p.m. June 1 in the Humphries Building, Columbia College (opposite the library). All proceeds will benefit the Barclay School scholarship fund; Barclay School is a nonprofit school for special needs children. $5 per child; adults, free. (803) 629-6318

RHOAD CUP SOCCER FESTIVAL, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 1 at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. 4 V 4 festival format for boys and girls age 6 through adults; teams will play a minimum of three games (rosters limited to six players). Duchenne’s Disease fundraiser to create awareness and raise money for a cure; Duchenne’s is a fatal form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects mainly boys. All skill levels welcome. $20 per player; teams, $75. (803) 609-0394;

REMEMBER BLAKE AMOEBA AWARENESS 5K WALK, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 1 at Dillon Park, N. Pike W., Sumter. Registration is $25, includes T-shirt and wristband; register by Saturday to ensure a shirt. (803) 236-0089;


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


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. Friday and May 31 at the Richland 1 Central Kitchen, 1224 Whitney St. Applications available at

PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES has seven new puppies in training for service work. Volunteers are needed to care for these puppies in their homes on weekends for at least the next six months. Weekend foster training will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 31 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1 and 2-5 p.m. June 2 at PAALS home base. All three sessions must be attended and PAALS prefers to conduct a home interview before the weekend. This enables volunteers to start bringing a puppy home on the first night of training. (803) 788-7063;

CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY and join the Congaree National Park rangers for a cleanup event 9 a.m.-noon June 1. Sponsored by Trader Joe’s, Friends of Congaree Swamp and American Rivers, it’s a great way to give back to our public lands. Participants should meet rangers in the parking area at the Bates Bridge Landing (U.S. 601) along the Congaree River to collect and clean up trash. Dress for the weather; snacks, water and trash bags will be provided. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0 to register.

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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