Midlands area helping hands, May 9


LOVE FOR LENNON carnival, bake sale and silent auction from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16 at Pisgah Lutheran Church, 1350 Pisgah Church Road. The free event is held in honor of Lennon Cureton, who was born with dilated cardiomyopathy. For those interested in donating, sponsoring or assisting, contact Glenn Howard at or Elite House of Hair Designs at (803) 359-0917.

GET IN THE PINK is a race and breast cancer fundraiser designed to give back to the patients in the community. This year’s race will take place at 7:20 a.m. Saturday starting on Devine St. Registration and course map,

COLUMBIA AREA CHIVERS are having their eighth unofficial meet-up to help raise funds for Alexis Dubose who was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. The meet-up will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 at Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St. with local performances by Jake Barley Band and Seventy Six and Sunny. or Chris Yarborough, (803) 231-8803


SHOE COLLECTION drive to benefit Keep the Midlands Beautiful runs until May 11. The drive raises funds for litter prevention, recycling and beautification in the Midlands. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at their homes, churches, schools, civic groups and businesses. (803) 733-1139 or email

SHARING GOD’S LOVE, a Christian ministry serving the Irmo, St. Andrews and Ballentine communities, is seeking donations of sheets and towels (may be used but in good condition), jelly, spaghetti sauce, noodles, laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, dishwashing liquid, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar soap and toilet paper.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCATION OF LETTER CARRIERS will conduct its 23rd annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on May 9. Customers need only to leave their non-pershishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on May 9 and letter carriers will be delivering special bags, along with your mail, that can be used to make your donations. For more information, contact Harry Spratlin at (770) 935-5068

FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS is in urgent need of thrift donations. Sales from the items go to take care of and feed dogs/cats. They are seeking furniture, knick-knacks, used pet items and any other type of thrift donations. Items can be dropped off at The Black Dog Inn, 321 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville. (803) 604-1303


THE IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION is seeking volunteers age 16 and older to help deliver meals, coach youth sports, become nature interpreters and much more. (803) 772-1228 or

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY needs volunteer drivers to take patients to medical facilities for cancer treatment. The Road to Recovery Program is seeking volunteers with a good driving record, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a vehicle in good working condition. Rides are needed 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and the schedule is flexible according to each volunteer’s availability. Fronde Merchant, or (843) 744-1922.

RIVER’S EDGE RETREAT is hosting a volunteer work day May 16 to get ready for their camp June 8.

REACH OUT AND READ, an early literacy program providing books for children ages 5 and younger during well-child visits at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, needs new book donations and contributions. Callee Boulware, (803) 434-2523

SUNSET FELINES is in need of people to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with feeding of cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus plenty of adoptable cats. (803) 794-5686 or

DAYBREAK PREGNANCY CENTER is seeking female volunteers in several areas. The center needs volunteer counselors, hot line volunteers, teen volunteers, parenting/childbirth volunteer teachers, post-abortion class leaders, baby boutique volunteers, receptionists and office assistants. The center also needs male mentors and mailing clerical volunteers. Adults only; training will be provided. Daybreak has offices in downtown Columbia and Lexington and needs assistance at both sites. (803) 771-6634


FLU SHOTS FOR VETERANS are now available from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at Dorn’s Mental Health Clinics. Flu shots for veterans enrolled in VA health care. (803) 695-6701

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS is seeking eligible blood donors to donate blood to ensure patients have enough before the summer season kicks in. For a list of times and locations of where to donate, visit or call 1-800-733-2767