Lexington High School’s Air Force Junior Officer Training Corps recently helped more than 40 Lexington County families kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving food baskets.
The cadets collected more than 1,700 pounds of nonperishable food items, packed the food baskets and distributed them to families selected by the Lexington County Department of Social Services and Lexington Interfaith Community Services.
Other donated items included baskets, chicken fryers and collard greens from local businesses and farms.
A tune up for education
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John Harris Body Shop is collecting school items for students at the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind as part of its second Stuff a Stocking with School Supplies drive.
“We know personally the wonderful education and enrichment programs that are provided by the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind since we have employees who attended (the school),” said body shop owner John Harris III. “We are honored to have the chance to give something back.”
Needed supplies include composition books, No. 2 pencils, scissors, Kleenex, notebook paper, stick and white glue, copy paper, backpacks, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers and other school items.
“It takes a lot of supplies for our classrooms,” said Ann Akerman, CEO of The Walker Foundation, the fundraising arm of the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind. “The donations of school supplies are so important for our teachers and our students.”
Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 23 at John Harris Body Shop locations at Fontaine Road and Farrow Road/Killians Crossing in Columbia; Sunset Boulevard in Lexington; and Broad Street in Sumter.
For a full list of needed classroom supplies, visit walkerfdn.org/wish-list.
A tasty boost for healing
Bojangles’ restaurants recently raised more than $14,000 for Christ Central Medical Care with the help of Midlands customers.
Area restaurants donated 50 cents for every sweet potato pie that was sold in September and October to support the free medical clinic. Restaurants throughout Newberry, Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties participated.
“We’re so appreciative of our generous customers that helped raise such a significant amount of money for Christ Central Medical Care, an organization that helps so many people right here in the Midlands,” said Bojangles’ spokesman Tony Birch.