Several area charities are offering assistance to the community during the holidays again this year, and some are looking to the community for help.
Home Instead Senior Care is seeking assistance with this year’s Be a Santa to a Senior campaign. The adult care agency is teaming with nonprofit agencies and area retailers again this year to collect, wrap and deliver gifts to needy seniors who are alone in Richland and Lexington counties.
Community members are invited to select an ornament from either the Chick-fil-A at 229 Bush River Road or Pink Sorbet at 2726 Devine St., then return it with a gift for a senior. Gifts will be collected through Dec. 10.
Call (803) 736-4242 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.
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Senior Resources and Meals on Wheels have kicked off the annual "Share the Love with The Gift that Gives Again" holiday card campaign.
For each $5 donation in honor or memory of a friend, colleague or family member, Senior Resources will send a special holiday card letting the recipient know that a meal for a homebound senior has been donated in their name.
Cards can be purchased online at www.seniorresourcesinc.org or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Senior Resources, 2817 Millwood Ave., Columbia.
Meals On Wheels has been meeting the nutritional needs of the homebound, elderly and disabled in the Midlands for more than 30 years. In 2009, community volunteers delivered more than 104,000 meals.
The city of Columbia Parks and Recreation will collect food for Harvest Hope Food Bank during December.
As part of the Honor The Dream Food Drive, nonperishables will be collected at the following parks:
As part of the food drive, Richland 1 students, parents and employees can drop off nonperishable items at district schools from Nov. 29 - Dec. 11.
Schools participating in the Honor the Dream Food Drive will be recognized at the city’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Martin Luther King Park and Community Center, near Five Points.
The Walmart Foundation and the South Carolina Advisory Council recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Keep the Midlands Beautiful.
Funded through Walmart’s State Giving Program, the grant will support "Litter-acy Lessons," a new program designed to engage elementary school students in litter prevention and education.
"We are excited to extend our litter prevention programming to elementary school children," said Heidi Johnson, Executive Director of Keep the Midlands Beautiful. "Through Litter-acy Lessons, students in the Midlands will build literacy and science skills while becoming involved members of the community."
Keep the Midlands Beautiful expects to launch a pilot of Litter-acy Lessons at one or two elementary schools in the spring and roll out the program on a wider scale during the 2011-12 school year.