Giving help, getting help in the Midlands, May 19


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 www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767

FREE PRODUCE VOUCHERS for qualified low-income seniors in Richland County will be distributed from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3 at Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Blvd. These vouchers may be used at several “Seeds of Hope” farmer’s markets this summer, one of which will be at Grace UMC from June 6 to Aug. 29. If you have questions, call (803) 732-1899.


THE DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY’s Richland County Alumnae Chapter and The Fortitude Foundation are hosting their annual fundraiser from 9-11 p.m. June 5 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. for 10 deserving students in the Richland and Lexington counties. Tickets are $35 and entertainment will be provided by the Terrence Young Project. (803) 786-7796 or richlandcountyalumnae@gmail.com

COPS AND CALABASH , a fundraising effort by the Lexington County Sheriff’s department and Lexington Police Department for South Carolina Special Olympics, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. May 20-21 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 22 at Fatz restaurant, 942 East Main St. (803) 606-8020

THE ROAD CUP FESTIVAL, a charitable event featuring a four vs. four soccer tournament, breakfast, lunch and snacks and silent auction, is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30 at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin. All proceeds benefit Brett and Jacob Rhoad from Chapin who are in need of medical equipment. Visit www.rhoadcupfestival.com


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, toothbrushes, bar soap and toilet paper. http://sharinggodslove.net

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 ages 16 and older to help deliver meals, coach youth sports, become nature interpreters and much more. (803) 772-1228 or www.icrc.net/volunteering

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, fronde.merchant@cancer.org or (843) 744-1922.

RIVER’S EDGE RETREAT is hosting a volunteer work day Saturday to get ready for its camp June 8. www.riversedgeretreat.org

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 thesunsetfelines@hotmail.com

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