Two Midlands families were treated to an early shopping spree at the Irmo Walmart late last week, compliments of the Lake Murray/Irmo Rotary Club’s Celebrate with a Chief outreach at the store,1180 Dutch Fork Road.
The families were selected by Irmo High School’s social worker and each received $200 from the Rotary Club to shop for items they may need to make their holidays a little brighter. They were accompanied by Irmo Fire District assistant chief John Hendrix and Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck.
“The motto of the Rotary Club is ‘Service above Self’ and we are happy to be able to live our motto as we support this Celebrate with a Chief event,” said Lake Murray/Irmo Rotary club vice president Jacqueline Buck, who joined the families and the two chiefs last week.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to make a difference in these families Christmas, and it is a difference that couldn’t have been made possible without the partnership of the Irmo Police Department and our local Rotary Club,” Hendrix said.
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A boost to reading
Alumnae and chapter members of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women donated 500 new books and read to students at South Kilbourne Elementary School earlier this month.
The visit was in honor of the fraternity’s partnership with the school and in celebration of its return to the University of South Carolina.
South Kilbourne teachers selected books from a list provided by the Literacy Fund of the Pi Beta Phi Foundation.
“We appreciate the enthusiasm and cooperation of the administration, teachers and students at South Kilbourne,” said Tabitha Epperson, philanthropy chair of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. “Working with this school is pure joy, and we are so happy to have Pi Phi’s from USC join us this year.”
Pi Beta Phi’s “Read, Lead, Achieve” initiative encourages individuals to promote reading to children with the belief that reading changes lives forever. The goal of “Read, Lead, Achieve” is to impact 1,000,000 lives by 2017, the fraternity’s 150th anniversary.
Help for the homeless
The Inclement Weather Center in Columbia needs volunteers to greet clients, hand out blankets and sheets, help with registration and direct traffic to specific areas.
The center also is looking for individuals to serve meals or donate food.
The center is at 191 Calhoun St. Most volunteers are needed between 5:30- 7:15 a.m. and 5:30-7:45 p.m.
The center is open on days when the temperature is 40 degrees or below, and volunteers will be needed sporadically throughout the next several months. The volunteer shifts are based on 10-day weather forecast and are subject to change.
To serve meals or donate food, contact Jennifer Lambert with the Salvation Army at (803) 223-9969. To volunteer in any other capacity, contact John Dawkins at (803) 724-1089.