Bertram Rantin

Rantin: Recycle for sight and sound

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is teaming with the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club to collect new and used eyeglasses and hearing aids for South Carolina Lions Charitable Services.

The agency helps children and young adults who experience problems with their hearing and vision.

Area residents are encouraged to donate new and used eyeglasses and hearing aids through July 1 at the following locations:

•  Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington

•  Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg-Leesville

•  Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St., Cayce

•  West Columbia City Hall, 200 North 12th St., West Columbia

•  Springdale Town Hall, 2915 Platt Springs Road, Springdale

•  Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave., West Columbia

•  Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington

•  Pelion Senior Center, 210 Pine St., Pelion

•  Gilbert-Summit Senior Center, 409 Broad St., Gilbert

•  North Region Service Center, 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia

•  Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia

•  Boy Scout Troop 425, Zion Lutheran Church, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington

This marks the third year of the Recycle for Sight and Sound effort. For more information, call (803) 785-0801.

In support of basic needs

Programs that support basic needs and education were among the big winners after the United Way of the Midlands recently awarded nearly $4 million in Community Impact Grants to area nonprofit organizations.

The grant awards include $3.5 million in continuing grants and more than $420,000 in new grants.

The continuing grants are for a range of programs that meet basic needs such as shelter, health care and self-sufficiency. The new grants support health care and the United Way’s focus on education, specifically early childhood through elementary school.

“We know that the transition to kindergarten, reading on grade level and the transition to middle school are all crucial points in a child’s development, and all three are indicators of their success later in life,” said Mac Bennett, United Way president and chief executive officer.

The full list of grants can be viewed at

Care Kits for families

Some Columbia area businesses have donated stacks of personal care items to assist parents dealing with the unexpected hospitalization of a child.

The toiletries are being used to create Care Kits for families of children in the pediatric intensive care and pediatric intermediate intensive care units at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

The outreach is the brainchild of Christy Sears of South Carolina Realtors, who was moved to create them after her newborn son spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit in 2011. Since then, her friends, family and a group of Columbia businesses have joined in her efforts, enabling her to donate more than 300 Care Kits to families who often rush to the hospital without bringing essential personal care items.

Participants in the latest drive included Century Fasteners Corp., Carolina Endodontics, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Carolina Dental Association, South Carolina Health Care Association, Power Engineering Co., DuBose Web Group, Research Associates, The Evaluation Group, S.C. Medical Association, S.C. Security Systems, UnitedHealthcare, South Carolina Realtors, Columbia Conference Center, Diversified Development, and S.C. Broadcasters Association.