Nearly every public school in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties launch projects during the holiday season to help those in need in their communities.
Here is a sampling of schools and their projects, submitted by the schools. Donations are accepted from the public.
Contact the schools for donation deadlines, if none is given.
Drop off donations at schools unless otherwise noted.
Baron DeKalb Elementary and Midway Elementary: Angel Tree, collecting new clothes, shoes, and toys for students and families in need.
Doby’s Mill Elementary: Winter food drive, postcards and letters for soldiers.
Lugoff-Elgin Middle: Pet supply drive, through Dec. 16, for Walter Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden. Items needed include blankets, dog/cat food, chew toys, Denta sticks. Students also are collecting cookies and cards for active military until Dec. 4. Students also are collecting money to support an effort to collect bicycles for children.
Lugoff-Elgin High: Annual Holiday Hopes, clubs and organizations are collecting items to support community organizations’ drives. Items include coats, pet food, canned goods, financial donations. Contact the school for donation deadline.
North Central High: Operation Christmas Child; fill shoebox with items for children (ages 2-14). One shoebox is for a specific age range and gender (2-4, 5-9, 10-14).
Wateree Elementary: Students will decorate a tree with cold weather items like coats, scarves and mittens to benefit students in need and Lugoff First Baptist Church outreach.
Lexington 1 coat drive: Zebra Cleaners is sponsoring a coat drive for district students in need. Gently worn coats of all sizes, children’s and adults, may be dropped off through Dec. 15 at either Zebra location, 2361 Augusta Highway, Lexington, or 101 Ivy Park Lane, Lexington; or at Restore Hope Ministry, 4810 Augusta Highway, Gilbert.
New Providence Elementary: Adopt an Organization project runs through Dec. 13. Each grade level will adopt an organization to support through donations. Groups include Lexington County Fire Service (donate toys and books for children at the Augusta Burn Center); Lexington Extended Care (donate toiletries to fill stockings); Happy Wheels (donate books and toys for children at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital); Oliver Gospel Mission (donate socks and undergarments); Dorn VA Medical Center (donate toiletries); and the American Cancer Society (scarves and teddy bears). Drop off at school, 1118 Old Cherokee Road.
Pine Ridge Middle: Sponsoring the Pine Ridge Senior Center. Toy drive, Dec. 2-17, bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to the center. Drop off at 735 Pine Ridge Drive, West Columbia.
Batesburg-Leesville High: Army JROTC Unit is holding a coat drive until Jan. 10. Items such as jackets, coats, sweaters and hoodies can be donated. Also, FFA chapter is collecting items through Dec. 13, for Newberry County Animal Shelter, including cleaning supplies, towels, dish cloths and rags, cat/dog toys and food, and more. Drop off donations for both drives at school.
Swansea High, Swansea High Freshman Academy: New toys for Toys for Tots Drive, through Dec. 13. Also at Freshman Academy, winter clothing and coat drive, Jan. 6-16. Drop off donations for both drives at school.
MLK food drive: Through Dec. 13 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collection bins will be placed at the front of every school and administrative building in Richland 1. All donations will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Other school food drives: Bring canned foods and other nonperishable food items to these schools, to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank: Lower Richland High (to help Lower Richland area families, until Dec. 16, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd.); C.A. Johnson High (Jobs for America’s Graduates collecting through Dec. 13, 2219 Barhamville Road); Sandel Elementary (B.E.L.I. and G.E.M.S. students collecting through Dec. 19, 2700 Seminole Road).
Heyward Career and Technology Center: To support Oliver Gospel Mission’s White Christmas project, SC Skills USA students are collecting toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, socks, men’s underwear (M-XXL), copy paper, 8 oz. Styrofoam cups, salt, sugar, all-purpose flour, rice, wash cloths, bath towels, kitchen towels, shaving cream, toothpaste and travel size soap until Dec. 2. Drop off at school, 3560 Lynhaven Drive.
Columbia High: Academy of Finance students are collecting men’s hats and gloves to benefit the Oliver Gospel Mission until Dec. 2. Drop off at school, 1701 Westchester Drive.
Burnside Elementary: Students will be collecting socks, gloves and children’s books, Dec. 9-12. Drop off at school, 7300 Patterson Road.
Drop off donations at schools, unless otherwise noted.
Anna Boyd: Household items, snacks, socks, underwear, gift cards for Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter.
Blythewood High: Annual Holiday Wishes, drives include canned goods for God’s Storehouse, stocking stuffers (toy cars, baby dolls, makeup, for example) for James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation; new and gently used children’s books for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital; and more. Contact the school for details on all drives.
Bookman Road Elementary: Second grade food drive, canned goods and nonperishable foods, for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Center for Accelerated Preparation: CAP Cares canned and nonperishable food items drive, ends Dec. 6.
Center for Achievement: Holiday Mail for Heroes (through the American Red Cross), cards for injured military, wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. Ends Dec. 6. Also, new or gently used sock donations for homeless, through Dec. 20.
Center for Inquiry: Collecting canned goods for local food bank. Passing of the Cans event is Dec. 13.
Conder Elementary: A+Girls collecting nonperishable food items for Conder families in need. Faculty is collecting toys and books for same families.
Dent Middle: Delta Academy and Youth Action Council making socks filled with travel-sized toiletry items and other small tokens for senior residents of National Health Care (NHC) on Parklane Road.
Forest Lake Elementary: Canned food drive.
Kelly Mill Middle: New toys for Marines’ Toys for Tots drive, 6th Grade Leadership Group, through Dec. 13.
Killian Elementary: Project Angel Tree, contact school for donations needed.
Langford Elementary: Making Christmas stockings for Backpack kids, contact school for donations needed.
Nelson Elementary: Mitten giving tree, contact school for donations needed.
North Springs Elementary: Student Council collecting nonperishable food items and gently used toys and books, through Dec. 13.
Rice Creek Elementary: Collecting nonperishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Richland Northeast High: Annual “Helping Other People Everywhere (HOPE) drive. Collecting canned foods, gently used coats, new toys and more to benefit community organizations and hospital patients. Contact school for donation dropoff points around community, in addition to school, and details on other drives.
Ridge View High: Annual Winter Wishes. Collecting nonperishable foods for God’s Storehouse, new books and toys for ages 12-18. Contact school for details on other drives.
Round Top Elementary: Collecting new and gently used books, new and gently used coats through Dec. 13.
Sandlapper Elementary: Nonperishable foods and canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank, through Dec. 13.
Spring Valley High: Annual Winter Days. Collecting canned goods, toys, blankets, denim and coats, baby items, financial donations and more. Contact school for details on other drives.
Westwood High: Annual Wishes of Westwood. Collecting canned good and nonperishable foods, old newspapers and blankets for animals at Blythewood Animal Hospital, gently worn clothing for Tricia’s Trunk in Blythewood, financial donations of spare change for Make A Wish in honor of Lake Carolina second-grader who has terminal cancer. Contact school for details on all drives.