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
KERSHAW COUNTY SHERIFF’S FOUNDATION is seeking donations to help purchase replacement bulletproof vests for their deputies. Each vest and cover jacket costs approximately $700 and are fitted individually to each officer to provide maximum protection. Donations are tax deductible. Donors are asked to make checks payable to: Rajena Miles, Kershaw Co. Sheriff’s Foundation, PO Box 664, Camden, SC 29201. For more information, call (803) 438-9207
CRAM-A-CRUISER TOY DRIVE will be ongoing until Saturday. 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
OPERATION FEEDING THE HOMELESS will be feeding at 10 a.m. Saturday in Finlay Park. They will be collecting socks, gloves and backpacks. Feel free to come and help with the gift of giving.
SEASONAL ITEMS NEEDED, including gently used jackets, coats, sweaters and other items. The goal is 1,000 coats for children in need. The final week of donations for the Winter Warm-up giving event will be accepted daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. until Wednesday at The Giving Tree, 421 Bush River Road. www.givingtreesc.com
MLK JR. HONOR THE DREAM food drive is underway through Jan. 2. The food drive held each year is to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of community service. Some requested items include canned fruit and vegetables, dry goods and canned meats. For more information, call the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at (803) 545-3100
FAMILY PROMISE OF THE MIDLANDS, a ministry dedicated to addressing the needs of the homeless, is in need of storage space, 20 feet-by-20 feet or larger until the end of the year and preferably beyond. 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. 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; 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 ages 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.
STUFF A STOCKING with school supplies with John Harris Body Shops to support the students at The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Donations can be dropped off at any John Harris Body Shop from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 23. For a full list of supplies need and for more information, visit www.walkerfdn.org/wish-list/
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY seeks volunteer drivers to transport patients to local medical facilities for cancer treatment. The “Road to Recovery Program” is seeking volunteers with a good driving record, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a vehicle in good working condition. Rides are needed 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and the schedule is flexible to each volunteer’s availability. For more information, contact Fronde Merchant at email@example.com or (843) 744-1922
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
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.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS is asking people to make the resolution of giving blook regularly in 2015, starting in January, National Blood Donor Month. Donors of all blood typyes are invited and those who give blood from Jan. 1-4 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767
MOLINA HEALTHCARE is hosting a toy safety lesson and donation of 300 Beanie Babies to kids in need, 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ben Arnold Boys and Girls Club, 1100 South Holly St. Children and parents will earn about toy safety, with kids taking home a free toy.