The drive continues through Aug. 14 to collect backpacks and other school supplies for Midlands schools and students who need them.
Needed items include new backpacks, spiral-bound notebooks, looseleaf paper, composition notebooks, binders, pocket folders, scissors, rulers, compasses, protractors, dividers, mechanical pencils, No. 2 pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers, crayons, 3x5 index cards, Post-It notes, book covers, dictionaries and large boxes of Kleenex.
The items can be dropped off at these Columbia locations during regular weekday business hours:
• Derieg Law Firm, LLC, 1924 Barnwell St.
• Gallivan White & Boyd, PA, 1201 Main St., Suite 1200
• J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LLC, 1522 Lady St.
• Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA, 1900 Barnwell St.
• Riley Pope & Laney, LLC, 2838 Devine St.
• Robinson McFadden & Moore, PC, 1901 Main St., Ste. 1200
• S.C. Bar, 950 Taylor St., 2nd floor
• S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs, 2221 Devine St., Suite 200
• Turner Padget Graham and Laney, PA, 1901 Main St.
The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the S.C. Bar younger than 36 and those with less than five years’ membership.
Salvation Army Clothes for Kids drive
Shoppers are being encouraged to visit a Clothes for Kids table, which includes a display board with cards listing the children’s names, ages, and clothing sizes. Shoppers can select a card and purchase clothes and school supplies for a specific child and return their gifts to one of the two tables by Aug. 10.
The Clothes for Kids table at Columbiana Centre is located close to the Hollister store near the playground and JC Penney inside entrance. The Clothes for Kids table at Columbia Place Mall is located in the food court near the playground.
The Salvation Army will deliver the gifts to families.
“We’re calling all shoppers to visit the malls and purchase new clothes and supplies for kids who live in poverty and children who have recently experienced an emergency,” said Maj. Roger Coulson, regional coordinator/corps officer at The Salvation Army of the Midlands.
Community responds to call for the wild
When Carolina Wildlife Center in early July faced the possibility of turning away animals because it was running out of money, donors came through with $62,000 in a four weeks. That was enough to get the facility on Bush River Road through the summer months, according to executive director Jay Coles.
"We've seen an incredible outpouring of community care and support from individuals, businesses and community organizations," Coles said.
One long-time supporter donated the services of a financial consultant to help determine the most efficient use of the facility to care for orphaned and injured wildlife. The estimated cost of running the facility for a year is $240,000, so the recent donations won't last long. But the donations will allow the facility to handle the traditional late summer influx of chimney swifts and baby squirrels.
To contribute to Carolina Wildlife Center, visit carolinawildlife.org or mail or drop off donations at 5551 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC, 29212.