COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Stack ’em up for Children’s Hospital

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306March 2, 2014 

— A short stack of pancakes will go a long way for children’s heath care this Tuesday at Midlands IHOP restaurants.

Restaurants in Columbia, Lexington, Orangeburg and Sumter are taking part in this year’s National Pancake Day to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

The restaurants will offer each guest a free short stack of their signature pancakes between 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, and diners are invited to make a voluntary donation to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, part of the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Funds from IHOP and other Children’s Miracle Network partners help provide tools for our Child Life program at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital,” said Lynn Hazel, development director for Children’s Hospital at Palmetto Health Foundation. “Tools such as personal DVD players for patients who can’t leave their hospital room due to illness help relieve stress and anxiety for both patients and families during a hospital stay.”

Since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised more than $13 million to provide life-saving treatment, programs and medical equipment for child patients – including more than 80,000 children treated each year at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Last year, Midlands IHOP locations raised nearly $5,700 for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

These IHOP locations will be participating in Tuesday’s National Pancake Day:

•  1031 Assembly St., Columbia

•  7719 Two Notch Road, Columbia

•  813 St. Andrews Road, Columbia

•  5571 Sunset Blvd., Lexington

•  2485 Broad St., Sumter

•  2567 North Road, Orangeburg

For more information or to make an online donation to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, visit www.IHOPpancakeday.com.

Reserve deputies on patrol

Lexington County reserve deputies saved taxpayers $304,744 in 2013.

The 22 volunteer deputies – who work alongside full-time Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies – served a combined 12,853 hours last year.

“Reserve deputies play a vital role in carrying out our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County,” Sheriff James Metts said. “They sacrifice time away from their families in order to supplement the number of full-time, sworn officers who are assigned to road patrol duties with our agency.”

Potential reserve deputies much meet stringent requirements and complete statewide approved training. Anyone interesting in applying should call the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 and ask to speak with someone in personnel.

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