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Sistercare honors volunteers for their service

Sistercare recently recognized six members of the community for their service to the agency.

The recognition came during the agency's 2009 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

Fred Kotoske of Taco Bell was named the outstanding volunteer of the year.

Chrystal Jenkins of the S.C. Department of Mental Health was named children's program volunteer of the year.

James Cooper of the S.C. Department of Social Services was named speakers bureau volunteer of the year.

Pete Williams of A-Therm Remodelors Inc. and the Remodelers Council were each named shelter project volunteers of the year.

"These fine volunteers have donated their talent, time and energy to give to battered women and their children in an effort to help them live free of domestic violence," Sistercare executive director, Nancy Barton, said. "During these difficult economic times, we are reliant upon volunteers and most appreciative of their generous spirit."

Sistercare also recognized the IBM Corp. as the volunteer business of the year and Allstate insurance company as the community outreach volunteer of the year.

Sistercare, a United Way partner agency, provides services and advocates for abused women and their children and promotes prevention of domestic violence.

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Those selfless acts of kindness just don't end in the Midlands.

Recently staff members from the Children and Family Healthcare Center on Two Notch Road were seeking help to transport gifts collected through the Families Helping Families programs.

The agency eventually found assistance from Two Men and a Truck, whose generosity make it possible for 15 families to receive presents this Christmas.

The Family Healthcare Center provides health care and other basic services for area residents in need.

Agency workers said Two Men and a Truck had truly followed its motto - "Movers Who Care."

We agree.

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The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in Columbia needs donations, including gently used clothes, furniture, electronics and household items.

With its inventory of clothing, furniture and household items, The Thrift Store supports Salvation Army programs for the area's homeless and others in need.

Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, 1312 N. Millwood Ave. during normal business hours.

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