Each Tuesday through December, we will highlight on the Metro front opportunities to help others in our Giving Help, Getting Help column.
THANKSGIVING SOUPER 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Chick-fil-A of Columbia will provide chicken and soup. Tickets are $2 per person and all proceeds benefit The Women’s Shelter.
GOBBLE GO FUN RUN/WALK to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank will start at 8 a.m. Nov. 27 at the gate of the Windmere neighborhood in Longcreek Plantation. Runners, walkers, children and dogs are welcome. The entry fee is two nonperishable food items per person or dog. Participants can choose routes of 1, 3.1, 4.4 or 5.5 miles. The event is not timed and no awards are given.
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CAIRNS FOR CARSON is a fundraiser to help Carson Spitzer, son of Lugoff fire-rescue battalion chief Chris Spitzer, who has just undergone his second brain surgery. A leather Cairns fire helmet will be raffled off and 100 percent of proceeds go to Carson’s medical expenses. $10 donation per ticket or five tickets for $40 donation. Order tickets and get more info at (803) 572-1262 www.lugofffire.com
THE CITY OF COLUMBIA ART CENTER will be hosting an annual art sale and silent auction from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Dr. The event will feature several local artists and proceeds will benefit the Creative Journey Project. For more information, call Brenda Oliver at (803) 545-3039
COLLINS AND LACY are looking for nonprofit organizations to be considered for the 2015 Denim Day Drive campaign. Two Fridays a month, employees are invited to “go casual for a cause” and wear jeans to work in exchange for donating five dollars to the monthly charity. Nonprofits interested in being selected as a designated monthly charity can contact Janie Langdale at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 25. Organizations selected will be notified by Dec. 10
SEASONAL ITEMS NEEDED, including gently used jackets, coats, sweaters and other items. The goal is 1,000 coats for children in need. Donations are accepted daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Giving Tree, 421 Bush River Road.
FAMILY PROMISE OF THE MIDLANDS, a ministry dedicated to addressing the needs of the homeless, is in need of storage space, 20x20 or larger until the end of the year and preferably beyond. http://familypromisemidlands.org
SHARING GOD’S LOVE, a Christian ministry serving the poor and needy in the Irmo, St. Andrews and Ballentine communities, is seeking donations of sheets and towels (may be used but in good condition), jelly, spaghetti sauce, noodles, laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, dishwashing liquid, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar soap and toilet paper. http://sharinggodslove.net
BETSY’S GARAGE and Cellphones for Soldiers are asking Columbia residents to help troops call home by donating gently used cellphones for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, the nonprofit will be able to provide overseas troops 2.5 hours of free talk time on prepaid international calling cards. Betsy’s Garage, at 2011 Bull St., will offer a 10 percent discount on any automotive service to customers donating phones. They’re in it for the long haul, they say, and donations may be dropped off during business hours, 8 a.m.-6 pm. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 929-0013; http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com
THE SALVATION ARMY OF THE MIDLANDS needs to replenish its food pantry. Items needed include meals in a can (chicken and dumplings, stew, chili, lasagna, Spaghettio’s), rice, pasta, instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low-sugar cereals, 100 percent fruit juices, canned fruit packed in juice, canned vegetables (low salt), diapers and toilet paper. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at the Salvation Army Center for Worship & Service, 3024 Farrow Road. (803) 754-7109
DONATE, DON’T DUMP, an initiative of the Salvation Army of the Midlands, encourages people to drop off clothing, household items, furniture, etc., at the Family Store, 1312 Millwood Ave. Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. You can call (803) 748-9964 for items to be picked up.
REACH OUT AND READ, an early literacy program providing books for children age 5 and younger during well-child visits at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, needs new book donations and contributions. Call Callee Boulware, (803) 434-2523.
S.C. OYSTER FESTIVAL is looking for volunteers. Volunteers will help with ticket sales, check-ins and more. Benefits include a free t-shirt and a chance to enjoy the festival before or after your shift. To sign up, visit www.eventbrite.com
YLS AND THE SALVATION ARMY need help sorting and selecting gifts in the Salvation Army Warehouse to be distributed to children and families in need from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 13 at the State Fairgrounds. For more information contact Whitney Chisholm at email@example.com or (803) 733-5419. Sign up at www.ylsmidlands.com
VETERANS have served our state and our nation and now you can help them by volunteering at your local VA medical center or VA outpatient clinic. For more information, call Dorn VA Medical Center Voluntary Services at (803) 695-6780 or visit www.columbiasc.va.gov
LAWYERS 4 VETS, a pro bono legal clinic for lower-income veterans in South Carolina at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Lawyers 4 Vets will connect lower-income veterans living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines with local attorneys who can provide one-on-one pro bono legal advice or representation in matters such as obtaining identification (Social Security, S.C. ID, birth certificates); child support and visitation issues in South Carolina; expungements and pardons in South Carolina; consumer protection; health care powers of attorney and simple wills. To be screened for an appointment call (877) 289-6000. Clinics are by appointment only. Attorneys interested in volunteering or anyone interested in supporting the clinic should call (803) 779-1113, ext. 113 or http://scjusticewatch.org
SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of people to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with the feeding of several cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus they have plenty of adoptable cats. (803) 794-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDO DOG RESCUE is looking for volunteer foster families to care for rescued dogs until they find permanent homes. (803) 796-2390
THE IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMM ISSIONis seeking volunteers age 18 and older to become nature interpreters at Saluda Shoals Park. Nature interpreters interact with and educate park guests in the Wetlands Preserve. Volunteers meet at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for training. No experience necessary; retirees welcome. Jeanette Wells, (803) 213-2051
DAYBREAK PREGNANCY CENTER is seeking female volunteers in several areas. The center needs volunteer counselors, hot line volunteers, teen volunteers, parenting/childbirth volunteer teachers, post-abortion class leaders, baby boutique volunteers, receptionists and office assistants. The center also needs male mentors and mailing clerical volunteers. Adults only; training will be provided. Daybreak has offices in downtown Columbia and Lexington and needs assistance at both sites. (803) 771-6634
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is having its national collection week from Monday-Friday. They are looking for shoe boxes full of toys, school supplies and non-liquid hygiene items. For a full list of drop-off locations and times, visit www.samaritanpurse.org/occ
FREEBIES FOR VETERANS are being offered by Great Clips and Golden Corral. Great Clips is offering veterans a free hair cut from Nov. 11- Dec. 31.
REMINGTON COLLEGE is holding “Cuts for Cause” throughout 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and walk-ins only from 8:30-11 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Saturday throughout the month of November. Bring a can of food or non-perishable food item and receive a free haircut, manicure or pedicure. To schedule an appointment, call (803) 214-9062. Visit www.remingtoncosmo.com for more information.
S.C. BAR YOUNG LAWERS are collecting items for women in need in the Midlands until Dec. 11. Items needed include paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, cleaning products, children’s clothes and canned goods. The complete list of drop-off locations and supplies needed can be found at http://www.scbar.org. For more information contact Andrea Sancho at email@example.com or at (803) 318-9745
FLU SHOTS FOR VETERANS are now available from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at Dorn’s Mental Health Clinics. These seasonal flu shots are available at no cost to veterans to help keep them healthy. For more information, call (803) 695-6701