Keepin’ It Real Ministries in Columbia is seeking clothing donations to be given to the area’s homeless during the agency’s annual Thanksgiving Bash.
The organization is preparing to feed 400-500 people during the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 16 on the Gadsden Street side of Finlay Park.
The afternoon event is designed to share the gospel message and to help homeless men and women. It will include a worship service, a meal, and the distribution of new backpacks, hoodies, T-shirts, and toiletries.
Needed items include backpacks, hoodies and T-shirts. They can be dropped at U-haul Moving and Storage, 1037 Elmwood Ave., during regular weekday business hours.
Financial donations will be used to purchase other needed items and can be made online at www.keepinitrealministriessc.blogspot.com or mailed to 1037 Elmwood Ave., Box 11, Columbia, SC 29201.
For the young ones
Daybreak Pregnancy Center needs disposable diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6.
The diapers can be dropped off 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at the center at Hampton and Harden streets across from the Richland County Administration Building.
Coats for Kids
The Giving Tree at Dutch Square Center is seeking gently used jackets and coats for its first Coats for Kids! campaign.
The goal is to collect 1,000 coats for area children in need. The coats will be distributed the second week of December
Donations can be dropped off each day at The Giving Tree, Dutch Square Center, Suite 150, 421 Bush River Road.
Biking for Special Olympics
The Inaugural Bojangles Charity Bike Event to benefit Special Olympics is set for 9 a.m. Saturdayat Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia.
Participation is free and check-in and registration begins at 7 a.m. Participants must be at least 14 years old and racers younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian to sign a waiver.
Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Saturday’s event is co-sponsored by The Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Special Olympics South Carolina, Bojangles, South Carolina State Parks, Knights of Columbus, The Fresh Market, Blythewood Oil and Summit Cycles.
For more information, call Sue Maner at Special Olympics at (803) 772-1555, ext. 304.