Rantin: Getting them ready for the ball

01/17/2014 8:12 PM

02/08/2014 6:44 PM


Prom time is not far away and The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division has launched its annual Cinderella Project with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter.

The Cinderella Project provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses for young women who don’t have the financial resources to buy a gown for their high school prom.

Clean dresses in all sizes, as well as evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories, are needed. Donations are being accepted through March 7 and can be dropped off at the following Columbia-area locations:

•  M Boutique, 702 Cross Hill Rd., Suite 400, Columbia
•  Richardson Plowden, 1900 Barnwell St., Columbia
•  Rogers Townsend, 220 Executive Center Drive, Columbia
•  WLTX-TV, 6027 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia
•  Lexington Chamber of Commerce, 311 W. Main St., Lexington
•  LICS, 216 Harmon St., Lexington
•  Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo
•  Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin
•  W. Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1006 12th St., Cayce

A boutique will be open March 15 at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, where girls will be allowed to “shop” for dresses at no cost.

The Young Lawyers Division includes members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with fewer than five years’ membership. Upsilon Omega Omega is made up of area women dedicated to offering their talents and resources to uplift, empower and educate the Midlands.

Samaritan’s Feet project

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is helping collect new athletic shoes for youths and older teenagers through the Samaritan’s Feet project.

The nonprofit outreach was started by Glenforest School Head Basketball Coach William Knopf several years ago to provide shoes to children who need assistance worldwide.

The Sheriff’s Department will collect shoes through Jan. 31 as part of the Barefoot for Bare Feet Movement and the Shoes for Hope Campaign.

New athletic shoes for youths and older teen-agers can be donated at the following Sheriff’s Department facilities:

•  Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington
•  Chapin District Service Center, 103 Columbia Ave., Chapin
•  North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia
•  South Region Service Center, 102 Airport Road, Pelion

West Region Headquarters, 4079-D Augusta Highway, Gilbert

A holiday boost from Amazon

Amazon.com recently presented $5,000 to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation for the annual Sheriff’s Department holiday food and toy drive that provides food, toys, and clothes to Lexington County residents who need assistance.

“In order to create a great community, it is essential for our agency to have a great working relationship with citizens and businesses,” Sheriff James R. Metts said. “Amazon has been a wonderful addition to our community, and this donation further demonstrates Amazon’s commitment to be a force for good in Lexington County.”

About Bertram Rantin

Bertram Rantin


Bertram Rantin is The State's metro columnist with a current focus on the inspirational people and community helpers in Columbia, SC, and the Midlands. Rantin has covered a variety of areas during his tenure at the newspaper including local government, schools, sports, features, transportation, volunteerism and non profits. Email Bertram at brantin@thestate.com or call him at (803) 771-8306.

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