Completing a tasty transaction

04/15/2014 2:40 PM

04/15/2014 2:41 PM

More than 40 Bank of America employees headed to the Trenholm Road United Methodist Church kitchen recently to pack and deliver hot lunches to the elderly and other Meals On Wheels clients.

The volunteers delivered about 200 meals to seniors across Columbia so that regular volunteers could have a day off.

“Bank of America is a longtime friend of Senior Resources, and we are grateful for their continued support,” said Pam Dukes, executive director of Senior Resources, which administers the Meals On Wheels program. “From the top down, their organization exemplifies what it means to support those in need in our community.”

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church is a distribution site for the local Meals On Wheels program and provides the space at no charge.

Bank of America employees in Columbia have been packing and delivering food to Meals On Wheels clients for more than five years.

“As many seniors are experiencing hardship in Columbia, we’re proud to support Senior Resources and Meals On Wheels to provide food to our community’s most vulnerable population,” said Kim Wilkerson, South Carolina and Columbia market president for Bank of America. “Helping lend a hand is a rewarding experience for our employees and a great opportunity to strengthen our commitment to this community.”

Donate those ‘unneeded treasures’

West Columbia, Cayce and surrounding area residents are invited to clean out their “unneeded treasures” for area charities this weekend.

The West Metro Chamber of Commerce will hold its sixth Good Deed Friday Spring Cleaning for Charity Friday to collect household and other items for various charitable groups..

The drive will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Balance Institute, 1905 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia.

Needed items include clothing, furniture, toys, sporting and exercise equipment, blankets and other bedding, electronics, pet items, and nonperishable foods.

Agencies that will benefit this year include Babcock Center, Cayce Animal Services Adoption Center, Chris Myers Children’s Place, Lexington Interfaith Community Services and the Woman’s Club of Cayce.

Good Deed Friday: Spring Cleaning for Charity was created by The Ambassadors of The West Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and allows residents to start spring cleaning a little early — and help those in need.

A boost for area service groups

The St. Martin’s Foundation has awarded grants totaling $20,000 to six area nonprofits that serve the community.

The foundation is a 41-year-old perpetual trust of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, and awards are made each spring from the Cloak & Sword Fund in honor of the parish’s patron saint, Martin of Tours and his lifelong work with the those in need.

This year’s grant recipients were selected from 11 applicants and based on their direct financial assistance for basic daily needs.

This year’s grant recipients are:

•  Columbia’s Oral Health Clinic, $6,000
•  Family Connections of S.C. Breathe Easy program, $2,000
•  Prosperity Project (a Christ Central Ministry), $3,000
•  Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, $4,000
•  S.C. Foster Parent Association’s Smart Summers, Strong Kids program, $2,000
•  Trinity Housing/St. Lawrence Place’s Heart to Heart: A Positive Parenting Program, $3,000

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 or call him at (803) 771-8306.

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