COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Holiday help for the hungry

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306December 3, 2013 

Benedict College ROTC students deliver turkeys to the campus chapel for the college's Thanksgiving basket giveaway.

BERTRAM RANTIN/BRANTIN@THESTATE.COM

Benedict College teamed with the Columbia Housing Authority recently to help feed families in need in the community.

The college held a special holiday worship service of thanks on campus last week and distributed about 100 food baskets afterward.

“We’re living in a society where people tend to be about what they want to do,” said Benedict campus minister, the Rev. Thomas V. Davis. “It’s always good to instill in our next generation a sense of responsibility for those who may be less fortunate than they are, so that’s what we’re trying to do. We have to take care as people as we can and be a blessing to others.”

A tasty donation

Ameris Bank recently donated 100,000 food items that were collected through its fourth annual Helping Fight Hunger initiative to Christ Central Ministries.

The food will be used to help the ministry with the city’s Emergency Homeless Shelter.

“We are truly grateful for this remarkable act of kindness and civic service,” said Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan. “By stepping up like this and helping provide a way forward for so many who desperately need it, Ameris Bank has clearly demonstrated its commitment to this city and to all the people of Columbia.”

Ameris Bank launched this year’s Helping Fight Hunger initiative in October. The Ameris Bank Midlands locations collected more than 288,800 nonperishable food items while more than 500,000 nonperishable food items were collected company-wide.

Ameris Bancorp collectively donated $75,000 to be distributed among all local food banks. Other groups receiving donations collected in the Midlands included Palmetto Project (Snack Pack – Richland 1), McGregor Presbyterian Church (Snack Pack), Sharing God’s Love, and Lexington Interfaith Community Services.

Supporting the Walk for Life

Richland 1 students, employees, parents and community partners raised more than $52,000 during Palmetto Health Foundation’s 2013 Walk for Life/Race for Life campaign.

The funds will support breast cancer research, educational programs and screenings in the local community.

It’s all about the children

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recently presented $1,800 to the Dickerson Center for Children.

The money came from proceeds from the fifth Sheriff’s Department Trail of Treats for Halloween held in late October at Wildcat Hollow stadium along Ball Park Road near Lexington.

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