Blood and platelet donors are needed


The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of cancelled blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall. In South Carolina, winter weather conditions during the month of January have led to 25 blood drives being cancelled. Schedule your donation appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Help save a life by participating in one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, St. Francis Xavier High School, 15 School St.; 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, YMCA of Sumter, 510 Miller Road; and 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, Lakewood High School, 350 Old Manning Road.

Free income tax filing services and FAFSA application assistance will be provided on a walk-in basis from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning Feb. 3 at 640 Broad St. (the Anything Paper building). Services include e-file and direct deposit 2017 tax year and processing taxes from three years back (2016, 2015 and 2014). Call (803) 883-5483 for information.

The Sumter AARP Tax-Aide Foundation will offer free tax assistance and preparation on a first come, first served basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through April 17 at the Lincoln Historical Center (former home of the Shepherd's Center), 26 Council St. On Saturday, Feb. 17, assistance will be available on an appointment basis only. Call Lula King at (803) 316-0772 for information.

Sumter Animal Control will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1240 Winkles Road. Our adoption coordinator and volunteers will be on hand to introduce you to the dogs and tell you a bit about each one. We have many loving dogs who need new homes. What better way to bring joy into your life than to give a homeless dog a forever home? The adoption fee is $40 and a spay / neuter agreement is mandatory to adopt any of the animals. Please join us to meet your new best friend.

The Campbell Soup friends lunch group will celebrate its 26th anniversary (310 monthly meetings) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Golden Corral.

The Lee County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Lee Central High School cafeteria, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville. Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Detective Garry McFadden, of Investigation Discovery's "I Am Homicide," will speak. Tickets for the event are $25 and must be purchased in advance from a committee member. For additional information, email

The Lincoln High School Class of 1964 will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Historic Lincoln Center conference room, 20 Council St. For additional information, call (803) 773-3804 or (808) 775-9660.

Hillcrest High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40th class reunion meeting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at High Hill Baptist Church Meeting House Road, Dalzell. Call Mable Butler at (803) 565-1225 or Mary Roach at (803) 464-7664.

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Rebecca Sears, director, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sumter Senior Services, will speak. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or

The Sumter Litter Alliance will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Swan Lake Visitors Center. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the mission of the group, to address concerns from the public, and to invite attendees to get involved with their efforts.

The 18th Annual Cavalier Pride Auction will be held on Saturday, March 17, at Robert E. Lee Academy in Bishopville. Food will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Bidding will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the first table closing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.