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THE SALVATION ARMY will accept applications for Christmas assistance Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 6, in the Ruff Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. Times are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. Applicants must bring the following items: picture ID and Social Security cards for everyone residing in the home; Household Summary from DSS; proof of all income in the home for the past 30 days (pay stubs, unemployment statement, SSI disability, Social Security statement, verification of VA or other pensions); and proof of all household expenses paid in the past 30 days. If you have a zero income, anyone age 18 and older must bring a Zero Wage Statement from the unemployment office. (803) 765-0260


SAMARITAN'S PURSE is looking for volunteers to prepare, pack and process shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week is Nov. 16-23, but the project is a year-round effort to help underprivileged children on six continents. Information at

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

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL needs 15-20 volunteers for its Tailgate Recycling program at the State Fairgrounds parking lot preceding the Saturday, Nov. 28, USC football game. T-shirts identifying them as part of the recycling team will be provided, and volunteers will be finished before kickoff. Heidi Johnson, (803) 733-2526

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

LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as advocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. The next training session will begin Monday, Nov. 9. Volunteers must be at least 21, have the desire to work with children, the ability to pass background checks and complete the 30-hour training program. Call (803) 957-6484 or go to for an application.

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


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

SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE at 1312 N. Millwood Ave., needs clothing donations to restock its shelves and racks. Call (803) 748-9964 for pickup.

CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME is seeking donations to its 2009 Back to School Fund. The fund is used to purchase school supplies, clothing and shoes and helps with school activity fees and extracurricular activities for the home's more than 50 residents. Donations of school supplies are also welcome. (803) 787-2306 or go to