Lexington deputies, firefighters raise funds for Chavis House

brantin@thestate.comAugust 27, 2013 

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Master Deputy William “Bill” Bruner prepares bread for customers at Romano’s Macaroni Grill during fund raiser for the Jeffrey Chavis House.


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Irmo Fire District firefighters recently raised more than $700 for the Jeffrey Chavis House by serving meals to customers at Romano’s Macaroni Grill on Harbison Boulevard.

The workers donated all tips and donations to the Jeffrey Chavis House, a 40-bed guest house that serves relatives of patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta. The house is named in memory of Jeffrey Chavis, a Lexington County Fire Service firefighter who died from burns he suffered while fighting a residential fire.

Sgt. Jeff Weed coordinated the department’s participation.

Making wishes come true

Members of the S.C. State Credit Union helped grant wishes of local children facing illnesses with a $10,000 to donation to Make-A-Wish South Carolina in recent weeks.

“S.C. State Credit Union has gone above and beyond. Their donation is a testament to the generosity of their members,” said Susan Rankin, community development director of Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish South Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The group granted 142 wishes last year, an average of three each week.

The most recent recipient of the credit union’s generosity was a local boy who was granted a wish for a weeklong visit to Disney World with his family.

“We are very pleased to support Make-A-Wish and proud of our employees who really stepped up for this cause,” said Rick Hammond, S.C. State Credit Union president and chief executive officer. “We hope the children and their families have a wonderful time at the different theme parks.”

A prescription for caregivers

The Rite Aid Foundation recently made a $10,000 grant to South Carolina’s chapter of the ALS Association.

The grant will support the association’s Respite Care Program, which provides temporary care for patients with ALS, a degenerative nerve disease, to give their caregivers some time off.

“With a disease like ALS, it takes a lot to be a primary caregiver,” said Gayle Rife, manager of the Rite Aid Foundation. “The Respite Care Program provides an opportunity for these caregivers to take a much-needed break from the daily, round-the-clock care they provide, allowing them some much-needed time to care for themselves.”

Rite Aid previously awarded $10,000 to the ALS Association in 2009.

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