The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others during the month of October, which is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Schedule your donation appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, by visiting www.redcrossblood.org 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: 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, YMCA of Sumter, 510 Miller Road; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, Coldwell Banker, 1229 Alice Drive; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, Palmetto Health Tuomey, 129 N. Washington St.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, USC Sumter Arts & Letters Building, 109 Miller Road; 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 will hold a pancake dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the DAV building, 18 Hardpack Road, off of Peach Orchard Road. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door.
The Sumter Warriors MS Support Group will meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in the fellowship hall of Wise Drive Baptist Church, 2751 S. Wise Drive. Nichole Bartrug, healthy living director for YMCA of Sumter, will speak. Contact Robin at (803) 481-5344 or I.firstname.lastname@example.org or Moneisha at (803) 464-6440 or email@example.com.
The 21st Annual NAMI Mental Illness Awareness Candlelight Vigil will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. We will be lighting the candles of truth, healing, understanding, hope, thankfulness, faith and steadfast love for awareness and support for our loved ones who suffer from mental illness. Phil Leventis will speak and Kipper Ackerman will provide a musical interlude.
The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Guest speaker will be Wendy O'Steen, nurse educator with Vanda Pharmaceuticals of Washington, D.C., which specializes in the circadian rhythm disorder Non-24. Visit the chapter's booth at the Sumter County Fair. October is blind awareness month. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to NFB Sumter Chapter, P.O. Box 641, Sumter, SC 29151.
The Mayesville Area Community Coalition will celebrate its 10th breast cancer awareness celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a breast cancer walk and banquet. Sign in for the walk will be held at 7:30 a.m. at St. Mark UM Church, Mayesville, with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Mary McLeod Bethune Nature Trail. The banquet will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Rest Apostolic Church, Mayesville. Cost is $10 per person. Call Katherina Carolina at (803) 453-5974, Neola Davis at (803) 453-6078, Margie Jefferson at (803) 453-5441 or Jessie Washington at (803) 795-9343.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910.
The Sumter / Clarendon Chapter of the Building Industry of Central South Carolina will host a golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 23, at Beech Creek Golf Club, 1800 Sam Gillespie Blvd. The tournament is limited to 32 four-person teams for $300 per team. Fee includes green fees, golf cart, door prizes, drinks and dinner. Several charitable organizations will receive donations from the event. Contact Nelle Tomlinson at (803) 775-6800 or email@example.com or Ruth Ellen Hardee at (803) 256-6238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.