COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Adoption highlights “Families Forever” fair

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306February 23, 2014 

Young Lawers Divison member Andrew Hart of Alford & Hart, PC in Spartanburg. talks with visitors about adoption during 2013 fair in Greenville.

The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Families Forever Fair March 8 in Lexington to provide information about adoptions.

The fair will offer resource materials and one-on-one consultations. Attorneys, agencies and other vendors in children’s services will be available to answer questions and provide resources for families considering adoption or foster care.

The day also will feature several brief adoption workshops covering such things as the types of adoptions, requirements, the legal process, financing and international adoptions.

A group of parents who have adopted children will be on hand to share their experiences.

The fair will run from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Lexington municipal complex, 111 Maiden Lane. Registration is not required, but space in each session is limited. Attendees are encouraged to register online at scbar.org/adoption, or call Morgan Crouch at (803) 799-6653, ext. 135 for more information.

Swab drive seeks bone marrow matches

The national Be the Match organization and the University of South Carolina Student Government Association will hold a Marrow Registry Drive Friday on the USC campus.

The drive seeks to add potential marrow donors across all ethnic groups to support the more than 12,000 patients on the registry who need to find a donor for a life-saving bone marrow transplant. The event is being held in honor of a USC student whose father is seeking a matching donor.

During Friday’s drive, potential donors will complete a consent form and have a swab taken from the inside of their cheeks. Those found to be a match for someone would then be asked to commit to 20-30 hours over several weeks or months to complete the donation process that includes submitting paperwork, giving blood, having a physical examination and donating marrow.

Friday’s drive will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom, second floor of the Russell House, 1400 Greene St. Community members are invited to participate and no advance registration is required.

A friendly book sale

The Friends of the Kershaw County Library Annual Book Sale is coming up.

This year’s sale will be held at the Burndale Shopping Center in the former Family Dollar building along Jefferson Davis Highway across from the Piggly Wiggly in Camden.

The sale will begin with a Friends’ Night from 6-8 p.m. March 6 for association members only. Memberships can be purchased at the door.

Public sales will be from noon-8 pm March 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8, and 1-5 p.m. March 9.

A half-price sale day will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15.

All proceeds support library operations.

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