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LOCAL BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY STORES are participating in the Warm Coat & Warm Hearts Drive running through Jan. 15. Gently used outerwear may be dropped off at 302 Bush River Road or 7201/ Two Notch Road. Donations will be distributed to the needy by Christ Central.

TURNING PAGES (formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council) is seeking volunteers and financial contributions. Turning Pages provides educational services to adults who want to improve their reading, math and computer skills. Volunteer reading tutors will be trained and matched with adult learners. All financial contributions will be used to purchase computers/software, readers, workbooks and math books. (803) 240-2441;

THE SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE needs donations of gently used clothes, furniture, electronics and household items. Donations can be brought to the store at 1312 N. Millwood Ave. (803) 667-4943

SENIOR RESOURCES and Banfield Pet Hospitals are conducting a pet food drive for Meals on Wheels clients. Through December, small unopened cans or bags of dog or cat food may be dropped off at either Banfield location, 246 Harbison Blvd. or 10136 Two Notch Road; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at Senior Resources, 2817 Millwood Ave; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the Real Estate School of S.C., 101 Medical Circle Drive. Financial donations may be made online at Another component of the Season of Suppers partnership is the Pet Pals initiative. With a $20 contribution each month, a donor can provide care for a homebound senior's pet. In addition to pet food, the pet will receive yearly health care. (803) 252-7734, ext. 231.

BEACON OF LIGHT THRIFT CENTER is accepting donations of food, toiletries, clothing, books, electronics and furniture 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 301 Sunset Drive (Spirit of Truth Christian Church). Store hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 771-8933

FRIENDS OF THE CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH of the Lexington County Public Library has set up a Wish Tree at the library in order to collect sets of 10 books of the same title for local book clubs. The tree will be in the browsing area of the library at 1500 Augusta Road through the end of the year. New or used donated books or any financial contribution will be accepted. (803) 794-6791, ext. 4

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY accepts donations of gently used books, magazines, movies and music for its ongoing book sale. Items may be dropped off at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Tax donation forms available; proceeds help support children's reading programs at the library. Marlena White, (803) 261-8697


HOME WORKS OF COLUMBIA will sponsor a Christmas Break home repair blitz Sunday through Wednesday. Teens and adults are needed to help repair homes of the elderly and disadvantaged. (803) 781-4536

LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as ad-vocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. Stop by the Krispy Kreme at 5594-A Sunset Blvd., Lexington 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, for free coffee, doughnuts and information on the program. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. (803) 957-6484

AARP is seeking volunteers to fill positions of coordinator, instructor and marketer for its Driver Safety Program. (803) 781-4726; e-mail

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administrative, disaster, grants, heroes, philanthropy, public affairs and special events. Volunteer activities include responding to local disasters, writing Red Cross stories, raising money, conducting grant research and placing thank-you calls to monetary donors. Disaster Services Orientation sessions are held 6-9 p.m. the first Monday monthly at 2751 Bull St. For more information, call (803) 540-1217 or go to

THE STATE MUSEUM needs volunteer docents to give tours, teach lessons and help in other ways at the museum, 301 Gervais St. Benefits include a discount at the museum store and opportunities to learn about South Carolina's art, natural history, culture, science and technology. (803) 898-4912 or e-mail

ROAD TO RECOVERY is a program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments. Training is weekly at the American Cancer Society office, 128 Stonemark Lane. Volunteers must have a driver's license, good driving record and a reliable vehicle. Lang Hunt, (803) 750-1693

RELIANT HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to assist its network of caregivers. Volunteers do not need medical experience. Opportunities range from patient companionship and assisting with home improvement projects to running errands and providing patient transportation to doctor visits. Health screening and SLED background check required. Call (803) 798-1102 or go to for training information.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF COLUMBIA is looking for volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and McMeals. (803) 254-0118, ext. 11 or e-mail

ROLLING READERS, a nonprofit children's literacy program, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children in reading. Sessions are held at local schools, after-school programs, child development centers, shelters, children's homes and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail