Each Tuesday through December, we will highlight opportunities to help others in our Giving Help, Getting Help column in Metro.
CAIRNS FOR CARSON is a fundraiser to help Carson Spitzer, son of Lugoff fire rescue battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, who has 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 information at (803) 572-1262 www.lugofffire.com.
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 email@example.com by Tuesday. Organizations selected will be notified by Dec. 10.
COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT is accepting donations for Harvest Hope’s mission to feed struggling families. Anyone wishing to help provide hunger relief for the community can come by between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday before Dec. 3 at 1800 Laurel St.
CRAM-A-CRUISER TOY DRIVE will be ongoing until Dec. 20. The Sumter Police Department is asking residents to fill a police cruiser with new, unwrapped toys each Saturday. An officer and a police cruiser will be at the following locations on the following dates: Dec. 6 at Walgreen’s, 201 N.Lafeyette Dr.; Dec. 13 at Walgreen’s, 1990 McCray’s Mill Road; Dec. 20 at Walgreen’s 1000 Broad St. For more information, call (803) 436-2721
LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT is accepting donations of new or lightly used winter coats, gloves and hats for children who are in need of assistance. Items collected will be provided to Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS). Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 15. For questions, call Stacey Gadson at (803) 785-0801 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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, dish washing 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, 2011 Bull St., will offer a 10 percent discount on any automotive service to customers donating phones. This is an ongoing effort, they say. 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, ravioli, spaghetti), 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.
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
THE RED CROSS is looking for volunteer throughout South Carolina to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available when patients ned them. Potential volunteers can visit a volunteer open house from noon-2 p.m. at the Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St. Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles including welcoming and assisting donors, delivering blood products and assisting with training. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer
VETERANS have served our state and our nation. 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 is 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 line 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 who can 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
FREE CAT SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES provided to Richland and Lexington county cat owners on Friday and Saturday. Services will be provided free of charge at the following locations: Humane Society of SC, 121 Humane Lane; Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway; Pets Incorporated, 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia. Residents may call any location with questions or to make an appointment.
COLUMBIANA CENTRE will play host to Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at the mall’s food court. Guests will be treated to balloon animals and a complimentary catered breakfast from Chick-fil-A. Breakfast with Santa is free and limited to any current or retired member of the military and their families. If you would like to attend, please call (803) 781-1800 by Dec. 5 to RSVP.
THE LADIES MINISTRY at Abudnant Life Assembly is having a free clothing shop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13 at 105 Lincoln St., West Columbia. For more information call (803) 960-2633.
REINDOGS AND ELVES is a Midlands holiday celebration of the human-canine connection. Costume-clad canines and their owners will parade for prizes from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Carolina Children’s Garden on the Clemson University Sandhill campus in northeast Columbia. A silent auction, pictures with Santa Paws and obedience lessons. All registration for the pet parade is online at www.carolinachildrensgarden.org.
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.