Donate your unwanted vehicles

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The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. The car will be towed at no charge to you and you will be provided with a possible tax deduction. The donated vehicle will be sold at auction or recycled for salvageable parts. Call (800) 488-2277.

The Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation Inc. (MDFF), a non-profit organization, accepts vehicle contributions. To complete a vehicle donation, contact MDFF to make arrangements by calling (800) 544-1213. Donors may also log onto the organization's Web site at www.mdff.org and click on the automobile icon to complete an online vehicle donation application.

All active duty, former or retired Marines are asked to attend the Marine Corps League monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the VFW on Gion Street. For information, call (803) 775-4555 or (803) 469-8723.

Sumter High School Class of 1972 will hold its 45th class reunion July 14-16, 2017. For information, visit SHS Class of 1972 Reunion on Facebook or email shs1972classreunion@gmail.com.

The Palmetto Singles Club meets from 7 to 10 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month at the VFW on Gion Street. Come dance with us. Call Sarah Shorter at (803) 468-6874.

Mayewood High School Class of 1977 will hold its 40th class reunion during Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2017. There will be a meet and greet reception on Friday, an "Evening of Elegance" on Saturday and worship service on Sunday. All events are scheduled to be held at the former Mayewood High School, currently Mayewood Middle School. Call Lois Dantzler-Durant at (703) 307-6342 for details.

Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospice is in need of volunteers. A hospice volunteer application can be found online at www.palmettohealth.org/giving/volunteer-programs/homecare-and-hospice volunteers . Hospice volunteers are an integral part of the Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospice team. Medicare requires 5 percent of the total patients care hours of all paid hospice employees be provided by volunteers. Volunteers are needed for both direct patient care and administrative duties. If you can provide support, respite, companionship, friendship, acts of kindness, file, answer the phone, do data entry, or mailings to families, please consider caring for one patient by giving your time, talents, or gifts of kindness. Call the Rev. B.J. Drayton at (803) 773-4663.

Connected Warriors Inc. offers yoga therapy to service members, veterans and their families at no cost to participants from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays at Southern Bliss Yoga, 600 Bultman Drive, number 4. Call Melissa at (803) 468-1658 or email southernblissyoga@yahoo.com for details.

The Purple Heart Chapter of Sumter is sponsoring a project to have all Purple Heart medal recipients inducted into the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor located in New York. An enrollment application must be completed by the medal recipient or next of kin if the veteran is deceased. Proof of the award of the medal is required and, if possible, a photograph of the recipient. Call Willie Washington at (720) 203-2112 for details and assistance.

The Single Parent Institute meets from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Birnie HOPE Center. Meetings are open to teenage single parents, custodial and non-custodial single parents. You are welcome to bring your children as the Single Parent Institute is for the entire family. Contact Dr. L. Quaneck Walkes at (803) 223-9408 or lqwalkes@sctechthisout.com.

The Rembert Area Community Coalition offers an after school program for students from kindergarten to sixth grade at the youth center in Rembert. Children receive assistance with homework, school projects, etc. A nutritious snack is served daily. There is a small monthly fee. Registrations are accepted 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 8455 Camden Highway, U.S. 521, Rembert, in front of the car wash. Contact Dr. Juanita Britton at (803) 432-2001.

Make-A-Wish South Carolina is seeking volunteers to help make wishes come true for children across the state. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Interest webinars are offered at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Preregistration is required. Contact Brennan Brown at bbrown@sc.wish.org or (864) 250-0702 extension 112 to register for the webinar or begin the application process.

The Sumter Combat Veterans Group holds weekly peer to peer meetings at 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. These meetings are designed for veterans to help other veterans with PTSD, coping skills, claims, benefits, therapeutic counseling sponsored by the Columbia VET Center at 11 a.m. each Tuesday, and one-on-one counseling 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every other Wednesday. Open to all area veterans. Call James Thomas at (803) 765-9944.

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. Free help for cancer patients from the American Cancer Society. Transportation to treatment, help for appearance related side effects of treatment, nutrition help, one-on-one breast cancer support, free housing away from home during treatment, help finding clinical trials, someone to talk to - all free. Call (800) 227-2345.

The Rembert Area Community Coalition (RACC) offers a senior citizens program 10 a.m.-noon each Monday and Wednesday at 6785 Bradley St. (behind community car wash), Rembert, SC 29128. Transportation is available. For details, call (803) 432-2001.

Are you a breast cancer survivor? Maggie L. Richardson is seeking other survivors to form a music group and give back to the community. If you are interested in joining, contact her at mlrminstry2012@gmail.com or (803) 236-9086.

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone / everyone who served in the 2nd Infantry Division. Visit www.2ida.org or contact Mike Davino at MDavino@yahoo.com or (919) 498-1910.

Zumba classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Parks and Recreation building on Haynsworth Street. Classes are $5 each. No registration required. Contact Deanne Lewis at zumbadeanne@gmail.com.

Sumter Area Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Sumter Mall community room, 1057 Broad St. The group helps in developing speaking and leadership skills. Call Douglas Wilson at (803) 778-0197 or Rebecca Gonzalez at (803) 565-9271.

Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present, to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, contact Allen R. Hope, president, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; (260) 486-2221 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; fax (260) 492-9771; or email at hope4391@verizon.net.

Hospice Care of Sumter LLC is in need of volunteers in Sumter and surrounding counties. Opportunities available for you to use your time and talents to be of assistance include reading, musical talents, companionship, light housekeeping, etc. Call (803) 883-5606 or hospicecareofsumter@yahoo.com.

Agape Hospice is in need of volunteers. Whether your passion is baking, knitting, reading, singing, etc., Agape Hospice can find a place for you. Contact Thandi Blanding at (803) 774-1075, (803) 260-3876 or tblanding@agapsenior.com.

Hospice Care of South Carolina is in need of volunteers in Sumter County. Do you have one extra hour a week? Opportunities are available for patient/family companionship, administrative support, meal preparation, light household projects, student education and various other tasks. Contact Whitney Rogers, regional volunteer coordinator, at (843) 409-7991 or whitney.rogers@hospicecare.net.

Amedisys Hospice is in need of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: 1) special projects of baking, sewing, knitting, crafts, carpentry and yard work; 2) administrative/office duties of copying, light filing and answering phones; and 3) patient companionship - develop one-on-one relationships with hospice patients (training provided free of charge). Contact Rhoda Keefe, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 469-3047 or rhonda.keefe@amedisys.com.

Hospice Care of Tri-County is in need of volunteers. Volunteers offer support, companionship and care to the caregiver by running errands, reading to patients, listening and just being there for patients who need companionship. All you need is a willing heart and some time to give to others. No medical background is required. Hospice Care of Tri-County will provide you with the tools you need to become a hospice volunteer. Call Carol Tindal at (803) 905-7720.

ROAD to RECOVERY is in need of volunteers in the Sumter area. The program provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments. Call the American Cancer Society at (803) 750-1693.

Sumter Newcomers Club welcomes new residents (and even some longtime residents) with coffees and luncheons each month. Call Anna Nunnery at (803) 469-0143 or Jeanne Bessel at (803) 469-0598.

OASIS Care provides free medical and dental care for qualifying persons living with HIV and AIDS. Call LaVonda Johnson at (803) 775-8523.

The Rise and Shine Call Program, sponsored by LifeLine Senior Services Inc., is a free service that provides a daily "reassurance" call to older adults who live alone in the community. Call (803) 774-7414 for details or to sign up.

The Westside Neighborhood Association meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St.

The Christian Golfers' Association (CGA) meets at 8 a.m. each Tuesday for Bible study. The group meets at the CGA office in Dillon Park. Refreshments provided and golf after Bible study. Call (803) 773-2171.

The Ballard-Palmer-Bates American Legion Post 202 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Post, 310 Palmetto St. All veterans are welcome to attend. Call (803) 773-4811.

The Civil Air Patrol Sumter Composite Squadron meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday at the Sumter Airport. Contact Jared Buniel at (803) 481-7915 or JaredLotR@juno.com. Visit the Web site at www.scwg.cap.gov/sumter/.

The Palmetto PC Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Capital Senior Center in Columbia. Details about the club can be found at http://palmettopc.org/home/.

The Sumter James R. Clark Sickle Cell Memorial Foundation, 337 Manning Ave., offers free Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait screenings to the Sumter and Clarendon communities. For appointments, call (803) 774-6181.

The DAV will have trained volunteers to assist all veterans in filing VA claims from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Chapter 5 Gamecock home building, 18 Hard Pack Road, off of Peach Orchard Road (S.C. 441). Call Elizabeth West at (803) 499-1003 if needed.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) office, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, has many animals available for adoption. Adoption fees cover the first shots and first deworming and spaying or neutering. The office is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Call (803) 773-9292 for details.

The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. The car will be towed at no charge to you and you will be provided with a possible tax deduction. The donated vehicle will be sold at auction or recycled for salvageable parts. For information, call (800) 488-2277.

The Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation Inc. (MDFF), a non-profit organization, accepts vehicle contributions. To complete a vehicle donation, contact MDFF to make arrangements by calling 1-800-544-1213. Donors may also log onto the organization's Web site at www.mdff.org and click on the automobile icon to complete an online vehicle donation application.