THE CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA LIONS CLUB and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department are collecting new and used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be donated to S.C. Lions Charitable Services in order to support its mission of assisting children and young adults who experience problems with their abilities to hear and see. Donations may be dropped off through Monday at the following locations: Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg; Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St., Cayce; West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12 St., West Columbia; Springdale Town Hall, 2915 Platt Springs Road, Springdale; Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave., West Columbia; Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington; Pelion Senior Center, 210 Pine St., Pelion; Gilbert-Summit Senior Center, 409 Broad St., Gilbert; North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia; Mount Hebron UMC, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia; and Boy Scout Troop 425, Zion Lutheran Church, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. (803) 785-0801
KIDS’ CHANCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and support to dependents of South Carolina workers who have been seriously injured or killed on the job. The group is seeking proposals to create a video that can be used in furthering their mission and reaching out to more families who can benefit from their services. (843) 546-5837; http://www.kidschancesc.org
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS include S.C. DHEC, 2600 Bull St., 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road, 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays; The Carolina Apartments, 3201 Meadowlark Drive, noon-2 p.m. Thursdays; Ascension Lutheran Church, 827 Wildwood Ave., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Christopher Towers, 1805 Devine St., 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Grace UMC, 410 Harbison Blvd., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Virginia Wingard UMC, 1500 Broad River Road, 8 a.m-noon Saturdays; Washington Street UMC, 1401 Washington St., 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., 8 a.m.-noon Sundays; and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2701 Heyward St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.
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 saves residents an average of 23 percent off the retail price of prescription medications. To obtain a card, go to http://www.caremark.com/nic or pick up a card at Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St.