Nine Midlands-based charity groups are among 10 statewide to receive $172,000 in Community Enrichment grants from The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.
The most recent grants bring the foundation’s total to $332,000 for the year.
The local grant recipients include Harvest Hope Food Bank, Healing Species, Midlands Housing Alliance, Midlands Housing Trust Fund, Midlands Middle College, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, the Free Medical Clinic, the Women’s Shelter.
Work in Progress of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties also received one of the most recent grant awards.
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The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, was established in 1996. The agency targets the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties. The Community Enrichment grants provide financial support to organizations addressing poverty.
Honor the Dream food drive
The city of Columbia, Richland 1 and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation are collecting nonperishable items for Harvest Hope as part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive.
The drive is held each year to honor King’s legacy of community service. Requested items include canned fruit and vegetables, dry goods and canned meats.
The public can drop off donations through Friday at all city parks and these locations:
• City of Columbia Art Center, 1932 Calhoun St.
• City Hall, 1737 Main St.
• Columbia Tennis Center, 1635 Whaley St.
• Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way
• James E. Clyburn Golf Center, 2091 Slighs Ave.
• Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St.
• City Human Resources, 1225 Lady St.
• Columbia Fire Department, 1800 Laurel St.
• Columbia Police Department, 1 Justice Square
• Public Works, 2190 Colonial Drive
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (803) 545-3100.
A bus filled with good stuff
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and civilian employees donated 2,100 pounds of non-perishable food items and 700 new, unwrapped toys to The Salvation Army earlier this month during a Stuff-A-Bus public awareness event in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart Supercenter at 5556 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington.
The nonperishable food items and toys were donated to the Sheriff’s Department as part of the agency’s annual holiday food and toy drive.
The Salvation Army distributed the nonperishable food items and toys that were donated by the department to area families in need.