Charities who need help during this holiday season

  • * Needed:  Bell Ringers at Kettle Locations // Salvation Army // //  Click on "Ring the Bell" graphic // Pick location, day and time // 803-765-0260
  • * Needed:  Helping Provide Free Home Repair To The Elderly and Disabled // Home Works // // 803-781-4536
  • * Needed: Carolers on Christmas Eve // Oliver Gospel Mission // // Look under "How To Help" and then click on "Volunteer" // 803-254-6470 and ask for Jeremy
  • * Needed: Electricians, Plumbers, Roofers, Carpenters, Building supplies // GOod Works in Chapin // 803-345-2030
  • * Needed:  Volunteers to Wrap, Pack and Move Boxes // Families Helping Families Warehouse //
  • * Needed: People to "Adopt-A-Giftbag" For the Homeless // St. Peter's Catholic Church in Columbia // 803-796-9802 or 803-779-0036
  • * Needed: Musical groups or soloists to perform in one to two hour shifts // Palmetto Health Children's Hospital // 803-434-2659
  • * Needed: Food Baggers/Sorters/Distributors // Harvest Hope Food Bank // 803-254-4432
  • * Needed: Volunteers to individually wrap and label cookies and snacks for soldiers going through the USO on block leave // Military Appreciate Lounge (USO) at Columbia Metro Airport // 803-739-2774
  • * Needed: Volunteers for Christmas parties, gifts, etc. // Boys and Girls Clubs // Call Carter Clark at 803-231-3351
  • * Needed:  Volunteers to make meals, bake and wrap gifts // Ronald McDonald House // 803-254-0118

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Santa for a Senior (need volunteers to wrap presents) Renee 803-730.5620
  • The Giving Tree—Palmetto Health and the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation are co-sponsoring "The Giving Tree" for sickle-cell patients and their siblings. You can help by bringing new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth through 16 to Palmetto Health Baptist's Guard Station, 1501 Sumter St. or Palmetto Health Public Relations, Palmetto Health Richland campus, Three Richland Medical Park, Suite 100, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Gifts also can be dropped off at the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, 1420 Gregg Street. The deadline to purchase gifts is Dec. 9. For more information or to have items picked up, call Regina Brown at 803-434-3107 or James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation at 803-765-9916.
  • Treat Bags for Patients—Volunteers are needed to prepare treat bags for those remaining in the hospital at Palmetto Health during the Christmas holidays. Treat bags will be distributed during the annual patient holiday party held a few days before Christmas. Gifts due by Dec 15. To volunteer, call Carole Howell at 803-434-2659.
  • Reach Out and Read Book Donations—The Palmetto Health Children's Hospital's Reach Out and Read Program, an early literacy program that provides books for children during all well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years, needs new book donations and contributions. For more information, call Callee Boulware at 803-434-2523.
  • Adopt-a-Family at the Special Care Center—The Palmetto Health Children's Hospital's Special Care Center (formerly known as the Medically Fragile Children's Program) needs departments to help sponsor its adopt-a-family project. Many of the financially-burdened families served by the center have a difficult time fulfilling the holiday wishes of their children. Those interested in sponsoring a family during the holidays can contact Sandra Jagan at 803-434-2300.
  • Holiday Music—The Palmetto Health Cancer Center also needs volunteers who play musical instruments to play their own selection of music in one- to two-hour shifts 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Dec. 1-25. Small musical combos and small choral groups also are invited to perform. A piano is available. To volunteer, call Carole Howell at 803-434-2659.
  • Holiday Adoption Program—The Palmetto Health Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders sponsors a holiday adoption program. The center provides wish lists (submitted by patient families that are struggling financially) for individuals, departments and other groups interested in lending a hand. For more information, contact Stacy DuPre at 803-434-3522.