Midlands-area corporations have been embracing the spirit of the holidays and giving in recent weeks with some significant donations to area charities. Here are just a few examples of the ongoing generosity.
Callison Tighe & Robinson law firm in Columbia passed on its annual Christmas party this year and instead presented a $10,000 check to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
"It just seems right and more appropriate to be thinking of those less fortunate than us" said Callison Tighe partner Richard C. Detwiler.
Detwiler said the firm's partners unanimously agreed to make the donation.
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For the food bank, the $10,000 means 70,000 more pounds of food that can be provided to those in need. Eighty-seven pounds of food helps a poor person stay nourished through a month, after food stamps run out.
"We consider this incredibly generous gift such a major blessing during the holiday season," and in the cold months beyond, said Denise Holland, Harvest Hope chief executive officer.
Local Bi-Lo stores joined Children's Chance to help children fighting cancer throughout the state.
Area Bi-Lo stores raised $22,363 to help South Carolina kids with cancer as shoppers were asked to make a donation at the register.
Taking part were the Bi-Lo stores in Cayce, Decker Boulevard, Garners Ferry, Village at Sandhill and Lexington.
"Children's Chance was excited to team up with these Bi-Lo stores to help kids with cancer," said DeeAnn Jones, executive director of Children's Chance. "As a mother of a childhood cancer survivor, I know how these funds will help families as they struggle with pediatric cancer."
She said the money will be used to support the variety of programs that assist families facing pediatric cancer.
"It's wonderful that Bi-Lo is so involved in the community and steps up to support local non-profits such as Children's Chance to really make a difference," Jones said.
Children's Chance is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing children facing cancer and their families with non-medical financial, emotional, and, psychological support.
Area La-Z-Boy stores helped raise just over $14,000 for various charities in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia during its semi-annual trade-in event.
During the event, which ran from Oct. 1 to Nov. 3, customers were asked to trade in gently used furniture in exchange for a credit toward new furniture. The drive collected four tractor-trailer loads of furniture that was donated to thrift stores throughout the three states.
Customers also could make financial donations to support local charities.
In the Columbia area, donations at the Lexington La-Z-Boy store generated $1,500 for Oliver Gospel Mission, which provides support services for homeless people attempting to return to the mainstream.