Nov. 19, 2017

Opportunities to donate, volunteer locally are abundant


Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to

John K. Crosswell Home for Children

New Family and Children Visitation Center (formerly Cottage A) - Living room furniture (sofa, chairs, coffee table, end tables), floor lamps, table lamps, office furniture (desks and chairs), area rugs, decorative throw pillows, family board games, new books for all ages, flatscreen TV, decorative throws, non-slip kitchen and bathroom mats, DVDs, two welcome mats, twin boy and/or girl comforter sets and sheets, 4-by-6 area rugs for bedrooms, placemats and home decor gift cards

Cottage B (infant to 6-year-old girls and boys) - Laundry drying rack, twin boy and/or girl comforter sets and sheets, toddler bed comforter sets, two crib comforter sets, crib sheets, two queen comforter sets, twin bed skirts (white, pink or navy), five bean bag chairs, bedside lamps, night- lights, set of stainless steel pots and pans, preschool DVDs and 4-by-6 area rugs for bedrooms

Cottage C (7- to 16-year-old boys) - Charcoal grill, croquet set, deck storage box, corn hole, twin boy comforter sets and sheets, twin bed skirts (navy, khaki or white), two queen-size comforter sets and sheets, welcome mat, throw pillows, new sports balls, two large area rugs, bedside lamps, nightlights, DVDs, Wii and PlayStation games for boys, board games, portable DVD players

Cottage D (10- to 16-year-old girls) - Heavy-duty vacuum cleaner, Crock Pot, Dust Buster, Wii games, Wii Just Dance 2017, twin girl comforter sets and sheets, twin bed skirts, two queen comforter sets, decorations for bedrooms, 4-by-6 area rugs for rooms, welcome mat, eight door mirrors, bedside lamps, night-lights, throw pillows, girl picture frames, DVDs, craft kits, board games, portable DVD players and Bluetooth speakers

Campus general needs - Duffle bags, batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt), DVD players, DVDs (G and PG movies), towels and washcloths, new packs of underwear and socks (toddler, youth and adult), new pajamas (toddler, youth and adult), non-slip kitchen and bathroom mats, placemats, flatware, sets of dinnerware, coffee pot, CD player, digital camera, TV, small paper birthday plates, candles, vacuum cleaner and twin-size plastic mattress covers

Birthday closet gifts for teens - gift cards, earbuds, teen DVDs, Wii, Xbox and Playstation games, bath and body wash and lotions, perfume, cologne, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, nail polish, Nike socks, pullovers and hoodies, MP3 players, Bluetooth speakers, portable DVD players, phone/iPod cases, etc.

Gift cards - Activity gift cards/ passes/ financial sponsorship for activities for the children to do during Christmas break: Santa Train, Trolley Lights Tour, movie passes, roller skating, bowling, McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A, Chuck E. Cheese, Monkey Joe's, Riverbanks Zoo Christmas Lights, EdVenture Kids Museum, etc., clothing and toy purchasing gift cards such as Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Kmart, TJ Maxx, Belk, etc.

These items do not need to be wrapped. Gifts may be dropped off at the administrative building front desk from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please call (803) 778-6441 or e-mail Due to storage and staff constraints, we cannot accept unsolicited donations of used clothing, toys, etc.

Sumter United Ministries

Sumter United Ministries needs volunteers to organize food items for its annual Giving Thanks Box Dinners program at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

The program delivers turkey dinners with all the fixings to families in need for Thanksgiving.

Volunteers are also needed to help deliver the boxes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The Lord's Cupboard at SUM is accepting food donations. The pantry is in need of dried beans, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxed potatoes (scalloped, au gratin, etc.), rice mix (Lipton, Rice-A-Roni, etc.), pasta (spaghetti, noodles, etc.), peanut butter, jelly, shelf-life milk, or canned meat and fish such as tuna, salmon, chicken or Vienna sausage.

For more information on donating or volunteering, call (803) 775-0757, or email

Foxworth Helping Hands Food Drive

The Senior Corporal Elizabeth Foxworth Helping Hands Food Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m. In honor of the event's namesake and her "unconditional loyalty to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Sumter County," the agency says this is its way of giving back to the community during the holidays.

Donated non-perishable items will be delivered to families in need by sheriff's office personnel and volunteers.

Pre-packaged food bags can be purchased for $5 from Save-A-Lot at 674 W. Liberty St. The sheriff's office will also accept other non-perishable items.

All donations should be delivered to the sheriff's office by noon on Dec. 13.

Supplies may become limited, so it is advised to respond with the name of the family a bag will be donated to with their address, phone number and any special circumstances to include blindness, wheelchair assistance, etc.

For information, contact Lt. Petrina Wiley at (803) 436-2026 no later than Dec. 13.

Bridging the GAP Community Outreach of America

Bridging the GAP Community Outreach of America will hold its second-annual Community Thanksgiving Day Feast on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 1-3 p.m. at Seacoast House, 201 N. Church St., Manning. Doors open at noon.

The "dine-in" turkey dinner with all the trimmings is free and open to the public, but you can also call (803) 410-9260 to reserve space or for more information.

Volunteers and donations are welcome.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Sumter is holding a free pre-Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 630 S. Sumter St.

For more information, call (803) 775-5006.