Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially types O negative and O positive, are urgently needed. 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). Those who donate during the month of September will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut from Sport Clips. Help save a life by participating in one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, Morris College, Neal Jones Auditorium, 100 W. College St.; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, Boots & Badges Sumter Police / Fire Departments, 111 N. Harvin St.
A "Celebrating Grandparents!" walk will be held 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Patriot Park, located on General Drive, off of Patriot Parkway. This walk is free and open to anyone. You do not have to be a grandparent to participate. The walk is handicap accessible around the ponds. Maximum length of walk is one mile but may be done in shorter increments. Registration on site is required. There will be children's activities along the route. There will also be refreshments available for purchase. Call (803) 469-6509 and leave a message if you would like more information.
The Sumter Branch NAACP will sponsor a health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Marion H. Newton Family Life Center, 415 Manning Ave.
The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. The presenters are Danielle Driscoll, CRC Region III Director, S.C. Commission for the Blind, and Karma Marshall. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sumter County Library's Forrest Ray 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. at the library. Visit www.sumtercountylibrary.org
The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will hold its annual golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course, 1305 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration fee is $50 per golfer limited to the first 20 teams. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, souvenirs, cart, green fees, refreshments during play and door prizes. Team format will be Captain's Choice Four-Person Team. There will be first and second place prizes for men's and women's teams. Call Earnest Roland at (803) 840-0935 or Dutch Holland at (910) 973-3223.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 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.