COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Rantin: Smashurger helps Big Brothers Big Sisters

brantin@thestate.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia got an extra helping of financial generosity from Smashburger in recent weeks.

The Irmo location donated $1,635 to the organization as part of its opening month charitable partnership, after opening in December.

The Columbia-area Smashburger franchise owners selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia as their charity of choice when they opened the Columbia area’s first Smashburger location on Devine Street in December 2012.

The Irmo store’s contribution brings Smashburger’s total to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia to more than $10,000.

During the Irmo restaurant’s grand opening in December at 937-C Lake Murray Blvd., owners donated $1 for each kids meal to Big Brothers Big Sisters, and guests were invited to make additional contributions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States.

“We are so grateful to Smashburger for their ongoing commitment to our agency,” said Heidi Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia. “The combined contributions to our programs between Columbia’s two Smashburger stores help us provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

Volunteers needed

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking volunteers to serve on committees for the upcoming Jingle Bell Run in December and various Walk to Cure Arthritis events in the Midlands.

Volunteers are asked to devote one hour per month for a meeting or conference call as well as two hours on the day of an event. Specific needs include team recruitment, sponsorship, logistics, and media and public relations.

The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 50 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

For questions or to volunteer, call Gerald Talley at (704) 705-1799 or email gtalley@arthritis.org.

Electronics recycling

Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the town of Irmo will host an electronics waste recycling day Feb. 15 for residents of Richland and Lexington counties.

Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-noon at Crossroads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road.

Acceptable items include computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, cell phones and household electronics.

No refrigeration units or appliances that contain Freon will be accepted.

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