Bertram Rantin

Walkers taking steps against multiple sclerosis

Close to 700 walkers are expected to take a stand for multiple sclerosis research Saturday during the 4th annual Walk MS Columbia at Riverfront Park.

The annual walk supports medical research for the central nervous system disease that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

“Walk MS is the rallying point of the MS movement,” said Milena Herring, an MS advocate who was diagnosed in 2001. “The walk is a community of families, friends, personal teams, corporate teams, and caring volunteers coming together to raise funds to create a world free of MS. Walk MS is great fun for a good cause.”

Saturday’s walk will include a silent auction, a bouncy house, a kid’s tent, and food and drink for participants. Proceeds from the auction, along with donations and paid sponsorships, will help support life-changing programs and research.

More than 650 walkers participated in last year’s Walk MS Columbia and raised more than $80,000. Nationally, more than 300,000 people are expected to walk in similar events this year.

Saturday’s walk will include a 1-mile and a 2-mile route and participation is free. Walkers can register in advance online at or on site. Live registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the park entrance at the end of Laurel Street, followed by the walk at 9 a.m.

Pizzas layered with love

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen provided fresh pizzas for about 575 people at the Salvation Army and Washington Street United Methodist Church Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars franchisee Tim Putnam. “We’re excited to support this program with food and staff to provide a quality meal for people who otherwise may not get one.”

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen was established in 1985 and has fed nearly 3 million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. Local franchise owners and company regional offices donate all food and labor costs for the Love Kitchen servings.

A boost for senior nutrition

Senior Resources has received a $10,000 grant from SCE&G to support the agency’s Meals on Wheels program.

The grant will allow Senior Resources to provide 1,400 meals to homebound elderly and disabled residents in Richland County.