COMMUNITY HELPING HANDS

Treasures for charity

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306April 20, 2014 

Vicke Lovett of Pretty Pictures Photography provided free portraits to families who supported the Good Deeds Friday drive.

BERTRAM RANTIN/BRANTIN@THESTATE.COM

— West Columbia, Cayce and surrounding area residents dug up their “unneeded treasures” last week for charity during the West Metro Chamber of Commerce’s sixth Good Deed Friday: Spring Cleaning for Charity.

The annual event collects household goods and other items for various charitable groups.

“You don’t always have to donate money (to support charities). You can donate goods,” said chamber board member Debra Gallup, who led this year’s drive at the Balance Institute along Sunset Boulevard.

Benefitting agencies this year included Babcock Center, Cayce Animal Services Adoption Center, Chris Myers Children’s Place, Lexington Interfaith Community Services and the Woman’s Club of Cayce.

Donated items ranged from clothing, furniture, toys to blankets, pet items, and nonperishable foods.

“We’ve had all kinds of items come through the door,” Gallup said.

Good Deed Friday: Spring Cleaning for Charity was created by The Ambassadors of The West Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and allows residents to start spring cleaning a little early – and help those in need.

A cook-off for Special Olympics

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recently donated $6,000 to South Carolina Special Olympics with proceeds from the department’s 5th annual Cook a Pig fund raiser held the middle of the month.

Deputies sold $40 tickets in advance for whole pork Boston Butts that they barbequed.

Hospital boosts medical clinic donation

Lexington Medical Center presented a $10,000 to The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia last week in honor of the hospital’s emergency room physician, Dr. Todd Crump.

Crump is the clinic’s medical director and recently received the MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year award for domestic service from LocumTenens.com – a full-service physician staffing agency – for his volunteer work with clinic.

LocumTenens.com is donating $10,000 to the clinic and Lexington Medical Center matched that contribution.

“As an administrator at Lexington Medical Center and a board member for the Free Medical Clinic, I see the impact that Dr. Crump has on our community firsthand,” said Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center vice president of community relations. “Dr. Crump’s commitment and selfless devotion to serving other is inspiring.”

Crump began volunteering with The Free Medical Clinic in 1997 while in medical school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He has continued to volunteer regularly at the clinic, which serves more than 7,000 uninsured patients who would otherwise go without care.

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