Bertram Rantin

March 10, 2014

Rantin: Ringing up donations of generosity

Dutch Fork High School Air Force JROTC members made their mark for charity again this past holiday season.

Dutch Fork High School Air Force JROTC members made their mark for charity again this past holiday season.

The group was named the 2013 Salvation Army High School Battle of the Bells champions for generating the highest amount of charitable donations during the agency’s annual Red Kettle Drive.

The competition included several area high schools and was held during the Christmas season at Midlands Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs stores.

Dutch Fork students collected $2,114.94 during the drive to claim the school’s fifth title.

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School finished second with $1,047.74 in donations, followed by White Knoll High School with $905.51, Hammond School with $594.17 and Columbia High School’s JROTC with $569.97. The competing schools raised a combined $5,232.33 for the Salvation Army’s charitable outreach efforts.

“They are a shining example of youth doing the most good in their community,” said Maj. Roger Coulson, regional coordinator/corps officer for the Salvation Army of the Midlands.

Money raised through the annual kettle campaign supports a range of human service initiatives including assistance for the hungry, disaster victims, the disabled, the elderly and the ill, as well as clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Food bank seeks volunteers

Harvest Hope Food Bank needs volunteer groups to sort food and pack emergency food boxes for the agency’s senior hunger relief mission.

The food bank needs to pack 2,000 senior hunger relief boxes this week to provide food for struggling senior citizens throughout its 20-county service area. The food bank has packed 7,000 senior boxes so far this year.

Groups interesting in volunteering should call Sarah Bouknight at (803) 254-4432.

Academic auction

The West Wateree Rotary will hold its inaugural Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction at 6 p.m., April 5 at Old McCaskill Farm in Rembert to raise money for scholarships for graduating Lugoff-Elgin High School seniors,

“I’m particularly excited by how we will be showcasing local talent,” said club president Amy Schofield. “Hunters in our club provided the game, local musicians will provide the blue grass, and a wonderful local farm will be providing a great setting and a great cook.”

Tickets to the auction are $35 each or $65 per couple and can be purchased at First Community Bank, Mid Carolina Credit Union or First Citizens Bank in Kershaw County. For other details, contact Schofield at (803) 427-6420 or

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