COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Rantin: Making the connection for soldiers

brantin@ thestate.com (803) 771-8306October 4, 2013 

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, South Carolina Department of Corrections and Lake Murray ABATE recently donated 7,453 used cellphones and 2,300 used chargers and other cellphone accessories to Cell Phones for Soldiers.

The organization sells phones and accessories to recycling companies and uses proceeds to buy pre-paid telephone calling cards for members of the U.S. armed forces serving outside the country.

About 116 motorcycle riders participated in the recent 13th Annual Freedom Ride from Chapin to the S.C. State House in Columbia to benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers. Lake Murray ABATE sponsored the motorcycle ride to remember Americans who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A boost for BackPack program

Harvest Hope Food Bank has received a $12,000 grant from the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies Charitable Foundation to help fund a new BackPack program at Watkins-Nance Elementary School.

The BackPack program provides seven easy-to-prepare, child-friendly meals that students can take home on Fridays to supplement their nutritional needs through the weekend.

The grant will provide backpacks for 61 children at the Richland 1 school through the end of the school year.

For more information about Harvest Hope Food Bank or to make a financial donation, visit www.harvesthope.com.

Dream Keeper scholarship nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarships.

Dream Keeper scholarships are awarded to individuals who exemplify service reflecting the ideals of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence and unselfish service.

Nominees must be students 18 years old or younger with at least a 2.0 grade point average and a minimum of one year of documented community service.

Winners will be announced at the city of Columbia’s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Jan. 13, at the Martin Luther King Park and Community Center.

Applications are available online at www.columbiasc.net and at neighborhood parks. Applications must be returned by Jan. 6 to the City of Columbia Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, 1737 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201.

For more information, call (803) 545-3000.

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