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MILITARY

MARINE CORPS PVT. DOUGLAS R. CUNNINGHAM has completed basic military training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. The son of Thomas and Christina Cunningham of Columbia, he is a 2009 graduate of Ridge View High School.

ARMY PVT. RICHARD ABBOTT has graduated from Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The course consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. He is the son of Richard Abbott of Pelion.

AIRMAN KRYSTA M. NIERADKA has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Russell and Linda Nieradka of Swansea, she is a 2007 graduate of Swansea High School.

BIRTHS

PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND

BORN DEC. 20, 2009

A girl to Cheryl S. Xavier

A boy to Mary A. and Scott Seegars

BORN DEC. 21, 2009

A girl to Kimberly and Andrew Simmons

A girl to Christal D. McKinley and

Willie L. Scott

BORN DEC. 22, 2009

A girl to Ashley Christiansen and

Troy Collins Jr.

A girl to LaTonya Charmaine Morgan

and Carlos Porter

BORN DEC. 24, 2009

A girl to Kawana Watkins

A girl to Jennifer Ball and Kenneth Foster

BORN DEC. 26, 2009

A boy to Daniela Perez and

Jonathan Mavins

A boy to Shakina Childers and

Brandon Prince

COMMUNITY NEEDS

DONATIONS

LOCAL BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY STORES are participating in the Warm Coat & Warm Hearts Drive running through Friday, 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; www.literacycolumbia.org

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

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 ANIMALS is seeking monthly donations of dry dog and cat food, pet treats, deer corn and grain for its PetMeals on Wheels program. The group is headquartered at The Black Dog Inn, 321 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville. Monetary donations and rummage sale items (no clothing, please) are also being accepted. For more information, call (803) 604-1303 or e-mail meow9@pbtcomm.net

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

VOLUNTEERS

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. 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 www.lexington.scgal.org for an application.

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

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 www.centralscredcross.org.

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 jennifer.lee@scmuseum.org

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 www.relianthospice.com 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 jkrmhc@bellsouth.net

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 rollingreaders@sc.rr.com

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