Community Helping Hands — In support of healthy infants

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Doctors’ offices, hospitals and organizations that serve the child health community are invited to apply for up to $500 to purchase March of Dimes health education materials.

Materials are available on topics including preconception health, prematurity, maternal care, infant care, bereavement, and fertility.

Applicants can apply online at

Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including nearly 9,000 babies in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon struggle to survive and may have lifelong health consequences. The March of Dimes funds research to find the answers to premature birth as well as programs to educate healthcare providers and moms-to-be.

A boost for Special Olympics

Officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington Police Department and University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety recently donated $10,400 to South Carolina Special Olympics.

The donation came from proceeds from the Cops on Top of Doughnut Shops fundraiser that the three departments participated in from Sept. 25-27 at Krispy Kreme stores in Cayce and Lexington. During the drive, officers accepted donations for Special Olympics from Krispy Kreme customers.

Blythefest registration

Registration is being accepted for the Blythefest 5K and 1-Mile Kids Fun Run Oct. 26 in Blythewood.

Proceeds will benefit Blythefest, a community fundraiser of Trinity United Methodist Church that raises funds for missions, community and outreach projects benefiting the Blythewood community, schools and Midlands charitable organizations.

The 5K entry fee is $30 through Oct. 25 and $35 on race day. The Kids Fun Run entry fee is $10. Registration includes a T-shirt while supplies last.

Advance registration is available on line at

For more information, contact Jaime Lomas with Eggplant Events at (803) 600-1800.

What’s that knocking sound?

Suddeth Automotive in Columbia is offering Free Car Care Inspections through the end of the month in conjunction with the National Car Care Council’s “Be Car Care Aware” Campaign as part of National Fall Car Care Month.

Inspections are offered Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1410 North Millwood Ave.

Each multipoint inspection takes approximately 30 minutes. Each participant will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service adviser. There is no obligation to make a purchase or have any repairs completed at the shop.

Residents can call (803) 256-2110 to make an appointment and drops-ins also are welcome.

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