SGT. MICHAEL MODICA of the Columbia Police Department has received the S.C. National Safety Council's Alive at 25 Leadership Award. A 20-year veteran of the department, Modica is supervisor for the Traffic Safety Unit.
LANIE ROBINSON of Columbia has been honored for 20 years of state service. Robinson is custodial manager for the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department's state office complex in West Columbia.
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AIRMAN BRYANT T. HUNT has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Tawanna Hunt and John Brunson of Irmo, he is a 2009 graduate of Irmo High School.
AIRMAN DOMONIQUE R. BELLAMY has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Sharlayne Bellamy of Columbia, he is a 2008 graduate of Spring Valley High School.
ARMY PVT. BRITTNEY S. DAWSON has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Deborah Dawson of Columbia, she is a 2009 graduate of Eau Claire High School.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PFC. CHRISTIAN R. SPENCER has completed basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. The son of Johnny and Linda Jordan of Columbia, Spencer is a graduate of A.C. Flora High School and Midlands Technical College.
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A girl to Patrice Young
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A boy to Michelle De'Braux
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A girl to Maria and Jerome Mayers
A boy to Helen Mosby
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A boy to Meha Minhas and Atul Dogra
A girl to Thelma J. Thompson
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A girl to Samantha and Richard Bielefeld
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A boy to Kimley Green
A girl to Shanita Kearse
A girl to Whitney and Jesse Miller
A boy to Linda Morris and Larry Pickett
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A girl to Jennifer and Stephen Carter
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MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE AND RICHLAND 1 SCHOOLS are teaming up for the Honor the Dream food drive. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at Columbia city parks and district schools Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 11. All donations will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank.
TRIPP'S COATS FOR KIDS is running through Wednesday, Dec. 16. Gently used coats will be accepted at any Tripp's Fine Cleaners, Hampton Hill Athletic Club, KICKS Exceptional Shoes, Stiver Lincoln-Mercury and Strobler Home Furnishings. The coats will be cleaned and distributed to children in need in the community.
BEACON OF LIGHT THRIFT CENTER is accepting donations of food, toiletries, clothing, books, electronics and furniture 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 301 Sunset Drive (Spirit of Truth Christian Church). Store hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 771-8933
FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY accepts donations of gently used books, magazines, movies and music for its ongoing book sale. Items may be dropped off at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Tax donation forms available; proceeds help support children's reading programs at the library. Marlena White, (803) 261-8697
AARP is seeking volunteers to fill positions of coordinator, instructor and marketer for its Driver Safety Program. (803) 781-4726; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administrative, disaster, grants, heroes, philanthropy, public affairs and special events. Volunteer activities include responding to local disasters, writing Red Cross stories, raising money, conducting grant research and placing thank-you calls to monetary donors. Disaster Services Orientation sessions are held 6-9 p.m. the first Monday monthly at 2751 Bull St. For more information, call (803) 540-1217 or go to www.centralscredcross.org.
THE STATE MUSEUM needs volunteer docents to give tours, teach lessons and help in other ways at the museum, 301 Gervais St. Benefits include a discount at the museum store and opportunities to learn about South Carolina's art, natural history, culture, science and technology. (803) 898-4912 or e-mail email@example.com
ROAD TO RECOVERY is a program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments. Training is weekly at the American Cancer Society office, 128 Stonemark Lane. Volunteers must have a driver's license, good driving record and a reliable vehicle. Lang Hunt, (803) 750-1693
RELIANT HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to assist its network of caregivers. Volunteers do not need medical experience. Opportunities range from patient companionship and assisting with home improvement projects to running errands and providing patient transportation to doctor visits. Health screening and SLED background check required. Call (803) 798-1102 or go to www.relianthospice.com for training information.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF COLUMBIA is looking for volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and McMeals. (803) 254-0118, ext. 11 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as advocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. Volunteers must be at least 21, have the desire to work with children, the ability to pass background checks and complete the 30-hour training program. Call (803) 957-6484 or go to www.lexington.scgal.org for an application.
ROLLING READERS, a nonprofit children's literacy program, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children in reading. Sessions are held at local schools, after-school programs, child development centers, shelters, children's homes and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail email@example.com