Celebrating a legacy of service (803) 771-8306May 11, 2014 

Junior League members greet a visitor to the league's 3rd annual Healthy KidsFun Fair.

— The Junior League of Columbia recently celebrated another year of community service as it honored several members and community partners for outstanding service and leadership.

“As we begin our 90th anniversary, we reflect upon our rich legacy of voluntarism and service to the community and celebrate our continued impact today,” said Junior League president Carla Moore. “We are able to fulfill our mission thanks to the tireless work of our trained volunteers through our fundraising efforts and the generosity of the community.”

In the past year, Junior League members contributed roughly 47,469 volunteer hours and raised nearly $300,000 that was used for its various community projects, training and support services.

“The Junior League has benefited from steadfast leadership and good stewardship of our resources, and we are delighted to make these investments in our community,” Moore said.

Working with 19 community partners that included Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, Therapy Place, Epworth Children’s Home and others, the Junior League organized events and programs that targeted children’s health, one of the organization’s major focus areas.

The Junior League recently served more than 300 children at the third annual JLC Healthy Kids Fair, where visitors received free vision, dental and BMI screenings.

Fill the Red Truck

Area animal lovers will hold the annual Fill the Red Truck event May 17-18 in Columbia’s Shandon community to support the Animal Mission and the city’s Animal Services shelter.

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at 2901 Heyward St.

Needed items include canned and dry cat and dog food, litter, cleaning supplies, bleach, paper towels, pet treats and toys, large hoses, blankets, towels, pet beds, carriers and crates. Monetary contributions will support the Animal Mission’s spay and neuter program that seeks to reduce the shelter population and the number of animals euthanized each year. Spay and neuter vouchers will be available on site, and donations are tax deductible.

Now in its sixth year, Fill the Red Truck was started by a group of friends and neighbors with a shared love and concern for animals and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the two organizations.

A gift for the troops

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington 1, Lexington 2 and Lexington-Richland 5 are accepting donations of bottled water, sports drinks and single-serving snacks for the nation’s military personnel.

The donations will be delivered to the USO to be distributed to members of the U.S. Armed Forces while they are at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Donations will be accepted through Friday as part of the annual Support Our Troops drive for the USO. They can be dropped off at any school in the participating districts as well as the Lexington County North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive near Irmo. Deputies will collect the items and transport them to the USO at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on May 29.

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