COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Scrapbooking fundraiser boosts law enforcement

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306March 16, 2014 

Participants prepare items during recent Scrappin' with the Law event.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s fifth annual Scrappin’ with the Law continues to stitch a pattern for law enforcement excellence.

The scrapbooking and crafting fundraiser held earlier this month raised nearly $7,000 for the department’s Explorer Post program. The program provides training and personal development for teenagers and young adults interested in law enforcement careers.

Proceeds will be used to send Explorer Post cadets to statewide competitions and provide equipment and training

“The Explorer Post provides teenagers and young adults with an opportunity to truly explore whether they want to pursue a career in law enforcement,” Sheriff James Metts said. “I have appointed many former Explorer Post cadets to serve as full-time deputies with our agency.”

Cadets with the Explorer Post receive training from sworn law enforcement officers and participate in competitions that demonstrate how well they have been trained in various law enforcement functions.

To be eligible, individuals must be between 14 and 20 years old, have no criminal record, be enrolled in school and maintain a “C” grade average.

For more information, contact Lt. Alan Driggers at (803) 785-2581 or adriggers@lcsd.sc.gov.

A gift for the family

Molina Healthcare recently presented $5,000 to Family Connection of South Carolina to support programs serving families throughout the community.

The presentation was made during the final week of American Heart Month, when the company also held a free heart health event with youngsters from Family Connection. About 25 children learned how to make healthy snacks and stay heart healthy during the event.

“It is nice to know that they are committed to investing in our South Carolina families who have children with special health care needs,” said Family Connection executive director Jackie Richards. “We are very grateful for their support.”

While heart disease is uncommon in children, heath officials say developing habits like healthy eating and moderate exercise are steps people of all ages can take to help prevent the disease.

“As a new health care company in the state, we are excited to support local community organizations like Family Connection of South Carolina, and every opportunity we get, we want to be able to provide health education to the community,” said Thomas Lindquist, president of Molina Healthcare. “We hope that providing this kind of education to children can help pave a healthy future for them.”

In support of strong fathers

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. recently presented $7,500 to the S.C. Center for Fathers and Families in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary.

Pat Littlejohn, executive director of the center, said the donation will support its six programs in 11 communities statewide that help unwed, low-income fathers be better parents.

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