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A big tip for Special Olympics

Batesburg-Leesville resident deputy, Jacob Hallman, exchanges a high-five with a youngster during the Cops and Calabash fundraiser.
Batesburg-Leesville resident deputy, Jacob Hallman, exchanges a high-five with a youngster during the Cops and Calabash fundraiser. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

Officers with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington Police Department recently donated $5,367 in proceeds from the sixth annual Cops and Calabash to South Carolina Special Olympics.

During the May event, officers served customers at the Fatz Cafein Lexington and donated tips left by customers to Special Olympics. Customers also could leave donations for the organization during the event.

“Special Olympics is an incredibly special organization to Lexington County,” said Lexington County Sheriff Lt. Jennifer Burns. “We have supported them for years and years. To see the smiles on the children’s faces and supporting them in any way that we can makes us very proud.”

The newly created Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team coordinated the agency’s participation in the event.

Midlands companies help stock area nonprofit shelves

Several Columbia and Irmo-area businesses recently teamed with their customers to collect food and supplies for Harvest Hope Food Bank and Pets Inc.

The drive secured hundreds of items and cash donations for the two nonprofit agencies.

The donations – which ranged from peanut butter and diapers to tennis balls and bleach ‑ were included on each organization’s “wish list” for most-needed items.

Harvest Hope serves 20 counties in South Carolina and Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter, finds permanent or foster homes for more than 4,000 dogs and cats each year.

Participating businesses included South Carolina Medical Association, GWA Inc., Electrical Engineers, Center for Behavioral Health, Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison, Professional Insurance Agents of SC, Columbia Conference Center, DuBose Web Group, Research Associates and The Evaluation Group.

The drive is one of several regular service projects coordinated by a core group of northwest Columbia companies that are open to the public. Individuals or groups interested in taking part in future events should contact Kelly Beasley,

A boost for area seniors

Senior Resources recently received two significant donations that will support its efforts to keep area seniors independent.

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to the agency for the recent Meals on Wheels 5K fundraiser. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise that operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

The Spring Valley Rotary Club also made a $1,920 grant to support Senior Resources’ Meals on Wheels program. The funds will be used to provide daily delivery of a hot, nutritionally balanced meal to a homebound senior for a year.

According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, South Carolina ranks eighth worst in the nation in terms of food instability among the elderly. Statewide, more than 18 percent of seniors are dealing with hunger and related issues such as lack of access to food. .