COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Rantin: Serving up some Christmas cheer

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306December 20, 2013 

Keepin’ It Real Ministries in Columbia is seeking helpers for its annual Christmas meal for the homeless Wednesday.

The ministry expects to serve about 300 people at the bus transit station at Laurel and Sumter streets, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day, and needs volunteers to provide and serve meals.

While meals are served for the homeless at other times of the day on Christmas, this is believed to be the only organized communitywide evening meal that day.

Needed food items include turkey, ham, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries and vegetables.

Volunteers should arrive at 4 p.m. The meal will begin at 4:30 p.m. outside the building where the homeless can catch the bus to the winter shelter for the night. Those who would like provide a meal but are not able to serve can drop off their donations by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

To sign up for food items or to volunteer, call Pastor Oscar Gadsden at (803) 406-0724.

Honor the Dream Food Drive

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive continues through Jan. 3.

The annual drive is sponsored by the City of Columbia, Richland 1 and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation to honor King’s legacy of community service and helping others.

Donations will be presented to the Harvest Hope Food Bank to help those in need in the Midlands.

Area residents are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable food items through Jan. 3 at the following locations:

•  City Hall, 1737 Main St.

•  Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way

•  City Water Customer Service, Washington Square, 1339 Main St.

•  City Human Resources Office, 1225 Lady St.

•  James E. Clyburn Golf Center, 2091 Slighs Ave.

•  Columbia Tennis Center, 1635 Whaley St.

•  All city parks and recreation sites

For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

Muscular Dystrophy benefit

Zaxby’s recent football mobile program raised $4,200 for The Muscular Dystrophy Association to benefit the children and adults affected by muscle disease in the Midlands.

Three area Zaxby’s restaurants sold $1 football mobiles in November. The mobiles were signed by customers to support the University of South Carolina or Clemson, and were displayed in each store.

“Without the generosity of this community and the help of local business, many of the services MDA provides for families wouldn’t be possible,” said Zaxby’s director of business development, Liz Coffey.

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