Helping Out for June 18, 2014

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

Foxbank Planation donated 6,400 tons of topsoil to the town for new ball fields. (Photo/provided)Foxbank Plantation, a new residential development in Moncks Corner, has donated and delivered 6,400 tons of topsoil to the town. The donation is equivalent to nearly 300 dump truck loads of dirt. The mounds of dirt have been used to build the new ball fields at the town’s newest recreation complex on East Main Street adjacent to downtown.

Town administrator Mark Hehn estimates the value of the donated material and delivery to be around $90,000.

Hehn says the new Regional Recreation Complex will open initially with four baseball fields, a football field and a soccer field. Eventually, the 50-acre site will also include a Miracle Needs Field for special-needs children, a tennis complex, basketball courts, walking trails and a community center.

Foxbank Plantation is also donating land for a future Moncks Corner fire station.

This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Trident Literacy Association a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. Trident Literacy provides instruction to more than 1,500 adults annually in the tri-county region, including basic literacy, GED preparation, WorkKeys Career Readiness, English as a second language and basic computer use.

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union is holding a lunch ’n’ learn on fiscal fitness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce, 2817 Maybank Highway on Johns Island. Participants will learn eight key essentials of fiscal fitness and how to use them to build financial strength. Lunch will be provided by Dukes BBQ. The event is free; RSVP to 843-793-1234.

Wings for Kids, an education program that teaches children how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships will be the recipient of Whole Foods Market’s 5% Day. On Tuesday, 5% of net sales at the Mount Pleasant Whole Foods Market will be donated to Wings as part of the Whole Foods Market Community Giving program.

Wings for Kids began in 1996 in Charleston. It is the only U.S. organization focusing on teaching social and emotional learning skills to elementary kids in an after-school setting. It serves 600 students at Memminger, Chicora, North Charleston and Edmund A. Burns elementary schools. Since it began, Wings has helped more than 5,000 children.

Scholarship recipientsThirteen local students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Volunteer Services Organization, a nonprofit organization at East Cooper Medical Center. This year’s recipients are:

Sean Brady
Ainsley Wingard
Anna Gazecki
Brooke Lupton
Kevin Pinet

Mollie Davidson
Jackson Wood
Rita Hirsch
Ashton Williams
Ashley Prentice

Emily Stafford
Sarah Faulkner
Cameron Kahn

The students will be attending S.C. universities, including the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and College of Charleston.

The Wishing Well Gift Shop at East Cooper Medical Center is managed by volunteers and sales from the gift shop go to local charities, medicines for patients in need, and scholarships for area students. The volunteer program also holds several fundraisers throughout the year.

Through the end of August, several Charleston County parks will be serving as drop-off locations for used mobile phone recycling. Through the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, these donated phones will be exchanged for calling cards for U.S. military members serving overseas.

Locations accepting used cell phones are James Island County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park, Wannamaker County Park and the Mount Pleasant Pier. Park-goers are encouraged to leave unneeded cell phones in designated containers at the parks. Used and non-working phones from all service providers are accepted. Each $5 contribution, or donated device valued at $5, will provide troops with 2 1/2 hours of talk time.

Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided troops with more than 2.5 million prepaid calling cards, equating to 181 million minutes of free talk time, since its inception in 2004. The organization has also kept more than 10.8 million cell phones out of landfills.

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